Undergraduate prospectus



Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are challenging, but are intended to ensure you'll enjoy the content of your degree.

A levels and International Baccalaureate

You are required to satisfy UCL's general entrance requirements listed below as well as the specific degree programme requirements outlined in programme descriptions. 

We may issue conditional offers based on future examination performance; unless otherwise stated, any conditions for these must be fulfilled by 31 August 2016.

A level & AS qualifications

Depending on the degree programme, UCL makes offers in the range A*A*A-ABB, plus a pass in a further subject at AS level.

  • A level General Studies and A level Critical Thinking will only be accepted as an alternative to the additional AS level subject that is required. We do not recognise AS level General Studies and AS level Critical Thinking for admissions purposes.
  • If you wish to study at UCL you should offer a minimum of two A level subjects from the list of preferred subjects. We are happy to accept any subject as the third A level you offer, provided the other two subjects appear on the approved list. If you are not able to offer two preferred subjects, you should contact the relevant degree programme contact to ascertain whether you can still be considered for admission.

If you have accepted a place at UCL and subsequently decline any of your A level or AS level results, you may render yourself ineligible to take up a place on a degree programme or, if you have already enrolled, liable to be deregistered from UCL.

Extended project

If you are taking UK A levels, we accept a pass in the Extended Project Qualification as an alternative to the need for you to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level.

International Baccalaureate

The normal requirement for admission to UCL is the award of the Diploma achieved with good grades across individual subjects. 

The standard minimum requirement is 34 points overall, with a combined score of 16 achieved in three higher level subjects with no grade lower than 5. However, many of our programmes have higher entry requirements than this.

You will find the requirements for individual programmes on the subject pages of this Prospectus.

Comparing International Baccalaureate to A levels

Our programmes may specify up to two individual higher level grade requirements. Where this is the case, a higher level grade of 6 is specified as the equivalent of an A grade requirement at A level, and a higher level grade of 7 is specified as the equivalent of an A* grade requirement at A level.

For example, a programme that requires grades AAB at A level including grade A in Chemistry has an IB Diploma requirement of 36 points with a score of 17 in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Chemistry, with no score lower than 5.

GCSE and equivalent qualifications

All programmes require GCSE or equivalent passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or higher. Some programmes require grades higher than C or additional GCSE passes in specific subjects, as outlined on individual degree pages. 

Qualifications accepted as GCSE equivalents include the following:

  • IGCSE at grade C or higher;
  • O level at grade C or higher;
  • Scottish Credit Standard Grade/Intermediate 2;
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCEE) at grade C or higher;
  • IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at grades 4 to 7;
  • Malaysia Sijil Pelejaran (SPM) at grades 1 to 6;
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Ordinary level at grades 1 to 6.

Foreign language requirement

UCL encourages intercultural awareness in all its students, and considers experience of learning a foreign language a vital element of a broad and balanced education. UCL wishes to ensure that all of our graduates have had some experience of exploring another culture through language - but we are concerned to ensure that our admissions requirements do not disadvantage those who did not undertake language study to GCSE or above at school.

UK students who do not have a GCSE grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) on admission to UCL will be required to acquire an equivalent level of language proficiency once they are enrolled with us. This will either be through study for a specially designed certificate at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE), or by taking a 0.5 CU (course-unit) course in a language as part of their degree programme. 

Other qualifications

UCL accepts a number of other UK qualifications and a range of international qualifications.

Applications from 'fast track' students

Some schools, both in the UK and overseas, fast track their students and limit the number of examinations they take. As a result, you may not be sitting some GCSE or equivalent qualifications. We will be pleased to consider your application on its individual merits.