Frequently Asked Questions

Read the most frequently asked questions for applicants applying to Undergraduate degree programmes at UCL.

Before you apply

Typically, UCL only has a small number of programmes open to Late or Extra applications. These are clearly indicated on the UCAS website.  

Unfortunately, if UCAS shows the message below, we will not consider any late or extra applications for this programme. 

‘This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.’ 

The only integrated foundation course that UCL offers for 2023 entry is the Engineering Foundation Year. This course is for people who have studied at UK state schools and have aspirations to become an engineer, but do not meet the standard entry requirements for UCL’s undergraduate engineering degrees. 


However, UCL alsodoes offers an Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (International Foundation) for international students whose home qualifications do not allow direct entry to UCL Undergraduate degrees. Please email with any further questions.

UCL considers transfers into the second year of an undergraduate programme for a limited number of programmes. 

We do not consider entry into year 3 of any of our undergraduate programmes. Applications should be made via UCAS by the UCAS equal consideration deadline and include a reference from your current institution.

Please be aware that all applicants for second year entry are required to meet our first year entrance requirements as detailed in our prospectus.

If the programme you have applied for does not accept year 2 entry then your application will be considered for year 1 entry automatically.

Yes, you can apply to more than one programme at UCL. However, multiple applications to the same department may not be considered. Please get in touch with us for more information. Please also be aware that most programmes at UCL don’t accept an additional personal statement.

UCL considers a small number of Foundation programmes. Please contact us directly for further guidance before you apply.

We will consider your 3 highest grades, including any required or preferred subjects. If you are studying more than three A levels your offer may be based on the three most relevant subjects for your programme. 

If you have studied A levels at an accelerated rate, and you have therefore completed this qualification alongside your GCSE level study, we may stipulate the A levels you are currently studying in your offer conditions. 

While UCL typically prefers applicants to offer qualifications in line with our advertised requirements, it may be possible to consider your application with a mix of different qualifications.

We accept a mix of A levels and Cambridge Pre-U or a mix of A levels and Advanced Highers for all programmes.

If you are interested in applying to The Engineering Foundation Year, please see more information about the entry requirements below.  

Resits are generally considered for most of our programmes. Any programmes that do not consider resits will outline this on their department webpages.

Where resits have been attempted more than once, this may put you at a disadvantage due to the competitive nature of admissions for many of our programmes.

We welcome applications from mature students. If you are a mature student and have questions about your eligibility, we encourage you to read our guidance before applying.

Access UCL is UCL's contextual offer scheme for students from groups that are underrepresented at UCL. Eligible students who are successful in receiving an offer, will receive an offer that is lower than the standard UCL requirements for the programme they have applied for.

After you have applied

Do not send any additional documents, including additional references, supporting statements or extracurricular certificates to UCL unless you are asked to. If you do, we will not add these to your application or use them as part of our assessment.  

If we require any additional documents to process your application, we will contact you by email and ask you to upload them securely to Portico (UCL’s applicant portal). 

Information that is required for your application is detailed on the UCAS website and in our After you Apply guide.

UCL may not accept qualifications added to your UCAS application form after it has been submitted. And as such, they may not be accepted for meeting offer conditions. This includes qualifications submitted either as an amendment or additional qualification.

Qualifications data submitted via UCAS must reflect your full academic history and the qualifications you are currently taking.

You can read more about the information required for your application on the UCAS website.

Our degree programmes attract a large number of talented and well qualified applicants, and as such we use a 'gathered field' approach in assessing applications.  A gathered field allows us to assess all applications in the same fair and consistent manner, whether they are received in October or January (by the UCAS deadline). This means we will need to wait until we have enough comparable applications to make a final decision.

Our degree programmes attract a large number of well qualified applicants, so it may be some time before we can give you a final decision. We will process your application as quickly as we can. We appreciate waiting for a university decision can be an anxious time. 

It is quite usual for some applicants to hear sooner than others, but this doesn't mean that your application will be unsuccessful if you don't get a quick response from us.

We aim to make our decisions by the end of April, but are working hard to send decisions sooner. Please be assured that we will communicate our decision to you as soon as we are able to.

Fee status

UCL will determine your fee status in line with regulations published by the UK government. You can find more information about fee status determination on our website.

Further information is also provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

Unfortunately, we cannot comment on your fee status until we have received and assessed your application. 

We aim to provide you with the outcome of your fee status assessment before you need to make your Firm and Insurance decisions. However, in some cases it may not be possible to do this if additional information is required from you to inform our decision. 

UCL offers a range of scholarships and funding opportunities.

Undergraduate Admissions

If you cannot find the information you need in our FAQs or have questions regarding the entry requirements for a programme, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.

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