How to apply

We know applying to university can be a daunting prospect, so we’ve broken the process down into a step-by-step guide.

We’ve also put together some specific guidance and information for international applicants, mature students and disabled students.

Step 1. Choose your programme (or programmes)

A complete list of UCL’s undergraduate programmes can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

All our programmes are taught in person during the daytime. We do not offer any online-only programmes.

You are welcome to apply to more than one programme at UCL. Please be aware that each programme will take up one of your five UCAS choices.

Most UCL degree programmes do not consider additional personal statements. Therefore, we will use your UCAS personal statement as part of our assessment for each course you apply to at UCL. If your programme permits an additional statement, we will contact you directly to request this.

Want to know more about a programme and its content?

For further information, or specific questions about a programme’s content or modules, please contact individual academic departments.

Step 2. Check our entry requirements

To guarantee your application gets considered, you must meet all our entry requirements.

Specific grade and subject requirements are shown on each programme page of the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Step 3. Decide which year you want to enter into

UCL does not offer integrated foundation years for 2022 entry (also known as point of entry 0) for any undergraduate programmes.

Any application we receive for ‘Year 0’ entry will automatically be considered for ‘Year 1’ entry and must meet our advertised programme entry requirements.

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC)

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses called Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs). These are for international students aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL, and other top UK universities.

Applications for our UPCs are NOT made through UCAS. Please see our UPC website for further information.

Second Year Entry and Transfer Students

Most of our programmes only allow entry into the first year (point of entry 1).

None of our programmes allow third year entry under any circumstances.

A small number of programmes listed below do consider second year entry (point of entry 2). Programmes that are not on this list DO NOT consider second year entry under any circumstances.

Programmes that consider second year entry

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • Greek and Latin
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)
  • School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES)

Faculty of the Built Environment

  • Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Project Management for Construction
  • Urban Planning and Urban Studies

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

  • Biochemical Engineering (Please note this excludes Bioprocessing programmes)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering 
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance 
  • Information Management for Business (Please note only applicants that have taken the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Business Information Technology can be considered for second year entry)

Institute of Education

  • Education Studies

Faculty of Medical Sciences (Please note second year entry is only considered in rare cases – you will need to demonstrate a genuine compelling reason for transferring)

  • Cancer Biomedicine
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Nutrition and Medical Sciences
  • Medical Innovation and Enterprise

Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences

  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences

To be considered for a second year transfer you must:

  • Meet the A Level or equivalent first year entry requirements for the programme
  • Have covered similar content to the first year at UCL (at a standard judged equivalent) at your current higher education institution.
  • In some cases, achieve a 2.1 or 1st in your first year at your current higher education institution
  • Have applied through UCAS by the equal consideration deadline, selecting point of entry 2.

If applicable, we will send you an Accreditation of Prior Learning form to complete. Please be aware that this may incur an administrative charge, and that advanced standing is only awarded at UCL’s discretion.

If you are not eligible to start in the second year, you will automatically be considered for first year entry. This change will be made automatically by the admissions team and communicated to you through UCAS.

For more information about transferring into a specific undergraduate programme listed above at UCL, please contact us.

Step 4. Decide when you want to start

We welcome applications from students wanting to spend a pre-university (gap) year engaged in constructive activity, whether in the UK or abroad.

Apply for deferred entry and your application will be considered a year ahead of the normal application timetable.

The only exception is for our BA and BFA Fine Art programmes, which do not allow deferred entry.

It is only possible to defer your entry by one year. An application cannot be deferred twice. This includes applicants that originally selected deferred entry in their UCAS application. 

If your country requires you to take part in national military service, see our Guidance for International Applicants.

Step 5. Check our tuition fees and funding opportunities

Have a look at our information about tuition fees, loans, and other costs of university.

We also have guidance for how and when you should pay your tuition fees, how much they'll be, and how to access funding.

Step 6. Learn how to apply and complete your application

Applications for our undergraduate degree programmes are made through UCAS. We do not accept direct applications for our full-time undergraduate programmes. You can find out more information about how to apply, and completing your application on our UCAS explained page.

Part-time study

Applications for part-time study are made directly to UCL rather than to UCAS.

Our degrees are designed to be taken on a full-time basis with all teaching taking place during the daytime (9am-6pm from Monday to Friday). However, some departments do allow part-time study.

Departments that allow part-time study:

  • Greek and Latin
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • Mathematics

All other departments do not offer part-time study.

If you are considering part-time study at UCL, enquire with the contact listed on that programme's page in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Step 7. Make your application

The last step is to submit your completed application to UCAS, and we will receive the application within a couple of days.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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