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Undergraduate prospectus 2021

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Selection of students

We strive to admit the academically brightest students to UCL, regardless of background.

We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about learning and who wish to take advantage of every opportunity that UCL will offer them and gain the most from their years of study. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Strategy underlies every aspect of our student selection process. We want to admit excellent students who are likely to compelete their degree programme successfully and derive benefit from it, regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, number of dependants and religious or political beliefs. We positively encourage and welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups at UCL.

Considering your application

The way we consider your application is through a clear, step by step process.

  • On receipt of your application at UCAS, you will receive an acknowledgement from UCAS and, subsequently, an acknowledgement from UCL. Your acknowledgement from UCAS will include your UCAS personal identity number. Please quote this in all correspondence with UCAS or UCL.
  • Following initial checking of your application to ensure you meet the essential academic requirements of UCL and the programme for which you have applied, your application will be forwarded to the relevant admissions selector for consideration.
  • Your application will be assessed on the basis of your personal statement and your referee's report as well as on your past and predicted academic performance. Our admissions selectors are trying to assess qualities such as your academic potential, your motivation for studying your chosen degree, as well as core skills that are required for the programme.
  • For some programmes there may be a further selection task, such as a questionnaire, a piece of written work or portfolio. If we need you to do any of these things we will get in touch with you.

Our admissions selectors are trying to assess qualities such as your academic potential and motivation for studying your chosen degree, as well as the core skills that are required for the programme.

Applicant open days and selection events

If you're a UK-based applicant who is being actively considered for a place at UCL, you will be invited to attend an applicant open day and/or selection event.

Our open days and selection events are very much intended as a two-way process. Though we want to get to meet you, know you better and make a serious, considered judgement of your application, our open days are also a great opportunity for you to get to know us and ask questions.

Our aim is to give you a feel for what UCL is like as an institution and what it might be like studying here. Our open days will vary depending on the programme you have applied for, as follows:

  • you will normally attend a talk about the subject and UCL, be given a tour of the campus and have an opportunity to speak with both members of academic staff and current students;
  • some departments might ask you to participate in group tasks and selection activities or attend an interview during the open day;
  • for some degrees, such as Fine Art and Architecture, the portfolio of work you are asked to bring is vital to the consideration of your application;
  • other departments may ask you to take certain tests and exercises during the day, such as writing a short essay;
  • Some departments will make you an offer conditional upon you attending a compulsory open day.

Full details of any event you are invited to will be sent to you in good time, with your invitation to attend.

Note: if you are an overseas resident or would have a difficult journey to get to UCL, you would usually be exempt from an interview or compulsory open day. All the same, we strongly encourage you to visit UCL before making a decision on which universities to apply to.

Letting you know

As soon as a decision on your application has been reached, it will be sent to you through UCAS. If you are offered a place, we will also write directly to you. As some of our programmes attract large numbers of applications, it may be some time before you receive a decision.

Our decision will be made in good faith on the basis that the information that you provide is complete and accurate. If there is any change in your circumstances after you submit your application (for example, if you change the subjects you are studying), you must inform us as soon as possible. We reserve the right to terminate any student's attendance should we discover that a false statement has been made or significant information omitted.

Appeals and complaints procedure

Decisions on the admission of applicants are final and there is normally no right of appeal against such decisions.

We will only consider a complaint relating to an applicant for admission if there is substantive evidence of irregularity in the procedure under which the application has been processed.

If a formal complaint is made any complaint concerning an undergraduate application should be addressed to the Faculty Tutor (in the case of the Faculty of Laws or The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment), or to the Director of Access & Admissions in all other instances. If the complaint is against the Faculty Tutor or the Director of Access & Admissions, it should be addressed to the Registrar.