UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. We seek to recruit and retain the academically brightest students who will thrive in the rigorous teaching and learning environment at UCL.
As part of our commitment to increasing participation from underrepresented groups, applicants may be eligible for a contextual offer as part of Access UCL.
Access UCL is UCL’s contextual offer scheme for applicants from groups that are underrepresented at UCL. Eligible applicants will receive a contextual offer that is lower than the standard offer for the programme they have applied for (contextual offer entry requirements can be found on our prospectus pages).
To be eligible for the scheme you must be attending/have attended a UK state school for your A levels/IB Diploma and live in an area that has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation*, or low progression to higher education**.
Check your eligibility
Please note that the eligibility criteria above is for students applying in 2021/22 for 2022 entry. If you have checked your eligibility prior to 22 September 2021, we cannot guarantee that these results will be accurate for the current admissions cycle.
If you are interested in applying for 2023 entry, please check this page again in late September 2022. We cannot currently advise you of your eligibility as we update our criteria and datasets annually.
Care experienced applicants
If you are a care experienced applicant who will be aged under 25 on your first day at UCL, you are eligible for Access UCL (whether you attended a UK state or independent school). Please tick the ‘time in care’ box on your UCAS form so that we can contact you for verification of your care experience. For Access UCL purposes, UCL defines care experienced as someone who has been looked after by a local authority for three months in their life, the months do not need to be consecutive.
Young adult carer applicants
If you are a young adult carer you may be eligible for Access UCL. A young adult carer is someone whose life is adversely affected by caring for a family member who has a chronic illness. You must be aged 20 or under on your first day at UCL, attend/have attended a UK state school for your A levels/IB Diploma and your caring responsibilities must be ongoing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your young adult carer status.
Applicants who are estranged from their family
If you are permanently estranged from your family (please see our definition here) and have been for at least a year, you may be eligible for Access UCL. You must be aged under 25 on your first day at UCL and have attended a UK state school for your A levels/IB Diploma. Please email email@example.com to verify your estranged status.
Mature student applicants
If you are a mature student who will be aged 21 or over on your first day at UCL and are starting an undergraduate degree, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check your eligibility, which will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note that if you have achieved an undergraduate degree, you will not be eligible for Access UCL.
** We use POLAR classification to look at how likely young people are to participate in HE across the UK, as defined by home postcode.
How to apply
If you are eligible for Access UCL based on your home postcode you do not need to do anything other than complete the standard UCAS application, your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it from UCAS.
If you are eligible for Access UCL based on being a young carer or estranged from your family, we will need to verify your status before confirming your eligibility, please email email@example.com for further information. If you are care experienced, please tick the ‘time in care’ box on your UCAS form so that we can contact you for verification.
Receiving an Access UCL Offer
If you are eligible for Access UCL and your application is successful you will receive a contextual offer that is lower than the standard offer for the programme you have applied for. Contextual offer entry requirements can be found on our prospectus pages.
UCL Study Prep
You will have the opportunity to complete a free online module to help you prepare for university and academic study.
Access UCL (History)
The Access UCL (History) scheme has now been merged with the main Access UCL scheme. If you are interested in applying to a History programme at UCL, please use the tool above to check your eligibility.
Subject specific requirements for programmes will remain (for example, if a programme requires A levels in Physics and Chemistry, it will still require Physics and Chemistry within the contextual offer).
For further information about the Access UCL scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.