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.’ 

Please apply as soon as possible since courses may suddenly close if filled. We cannot guarantee that applications made after the UCAS Equal Consideration deadline on 31 January 2024 will be given equal consideration. 

UCL has a limited number of offers available to make, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible and ideally by the UCAS Equal Consideration Deadline.  

Where we are able to consider applications via UCAS Extra or after the Equal Consideration Deadline this will show on the UCAS website

If the course you are interested in is no longer accepting applications, you are more than welcome to apply for September 2025 entry. Applications would then open in September 2024. 

UCL offers a small number of integrated Engineering Foundation programmes, known as the Engineering Foundation Year.  These programmes course are aimed at applicants who have studied at UK state schools and aspire to become an engineer, but do not meet the standard entry requirements for UCL’s undergraduate engineering degrees.  

Please be aware that the programme content for the Engineering Foundation Year is the same for all specialisms, therefore multiple applications are not advised. 

More information about the Engineering Foundation Year can be found on our dedicated webpages

The UCL Centre for Language and International Education (CLIE) 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. We cannot use first year of study in place of meeting the advertised entry requirements. 

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

You are welcome to submit more than one application to UCL, however please do consider your options carefully as you have a limited number of choices at UCAS.  

Please be aware that each programme will take up one of your five UCAS choices and more than one application to the same programme or department does not increase your chances of admission.  

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. Please pay particular attention to any subject specific requirements for your programmes of choice as these will still need to be met. 

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.   

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 for mature students 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. You can find the eligibility criteria and checker tool on the Access UCL scheme webpage

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. 

Please note that we require predicted grades from your referee for all pending qualifications. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee acceptance of equivalent grades, as this depends on the competition for places for your programme of choice, in the cycle you apply. We would typically require an applicant to meet our requirements in full. For example, if a programme requires AAA at A-Level, we may not be able to accept A*AB.   

Given the competition for places, we recommend you only apply to programmes where you meet or are expected to achieve these requirements. 

After you have applied

UCL will request any missing information required to support an application, please do not send information that has not been requested.    

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.  

If you received an offer, your fee status will be in the offer letter.  

If you receive an offer of admission to UCL and believe that your fee status has been incorrectly assessed, you can request a review of the assessment. These requests must be in writing through the contact form and should include details of how you meet the criteria for an alternative fee status.  

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. Should further information be required, we’ll email you a Fee Status Questionnaire for you to complete. 

UCL offers a range of scholarships and funding opportunities. You can use the UCL scholarships finder to search for awards that you might be eligible for.  

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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