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Entry requirements

General information on entry requirements is provided in this section; specific grades for each of our programmes are listed on each degree page. Please be sure to read both carefully before applying.

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A level, AS and GCSE qualifications

You are required to satisfy UCL's general entrance requirements listed below as well as the specific degree programme requirements outlined in our programme descriptions. 

We may issue conditional offers based on future examination performance; unless otherwise stated, any conditions for these must be fulfilled by 31 August 2021 for applications made in the 2021 UCAS Cycle, and 31 August 2022 for applications made in the 2022 UCAS Cycle.

A level qualifications

Depending on the degree programme, UCL makes offers in the range A*A*A–ABB. The requirements for individual programmes can be found on the relevant degree page.

  • We do not recognise General Studies and Critical Thinking for admissions purposes. If you wish to study at UCL you should offer a minimum of two A level subjects from the list of preferred subjects. We are happy to accept any subject as the third A level you offer, provided the other two subjects appear on the approved list. If you are not able to offer two preferred subjects, you should contact the relevant degree programme contact to ascertain whether you can still be considered for admission. Some programmes require grades higher than 5 or additional GCSE passes in specific subjects, as outlined on individual degree pages.
  • If you have accepted a place at UCL and subsequently decline any of your A level results, you may render yourself ineligible to take up a place on a degree programme or, if you have already enrolled, liable to be deregistered from UCL.
  • We prefer that students take three A levels together in year 13 (or the final year of high school). Applicants taking fewer than 3 A levels in one sitting may be considered less competitive in the admissions process. Where A level Further Mathematics is required, applicants may take A level Mathematics in Year 12, whilst taking Further Mathematics and their other A level exams in Year 13.

If you have accepted a place at UCL and subsequently decline any of your A level results, you may render yourself ineligible to take up a place on a degree programme or, if you have already enrolled, liable to be deregistered from UCL.

UCL Curriculum reform 

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland reforms to AS and A levels and GCSEs began in September 2015, with different subjects being phased in over the subsequent two years. For universities one of the key challenges that we have is the mixture of qualifications that an applicant may present. Not only are the constituent countries of the UK providing different styles of existing qualifications, but as subjects are phased in we are seeing applicants offering a mixture of both old and new style GCSEs and A levels. We look at each applicant on an individual basis, but the reference is key in explaining the teaching within the school to the admissions selector. We also ask that referees provide a clear explanation of any restrictions or difficulties they have faced in terms of funding and subject availability, along with an explanation of the styles of GCSE/A levels that have been taken.

Predictions and AS modules

With the introduction of curriculum reforms we understand that it will be more difficult for teachers to predict final grades in the initial year of study. In the past, AS modules have been useful as an indication of a student's level of achievement and likelihood to achieve their prediction. As this information will no longer be available we will be more reliant on applicants' past academic history and references. We would also encourage referees to comment on an applicant's level of achievement in the end of year 12 examinations where these have been held, and also provide a picture of the applicant's progress through both GCSE and A level study.

Core Mathematics

The Core Mathematics qualification does not form part of our standard entrance requirements, but UCL welcomes the opportunity for students to be able to continue their mathematics studies. For programmes where GCSE Mathematics is required at grade 6 (or grade B), Core Mathematics will be accepted as a supplement to grade 5 (or grade C) at GCSE.

A level Practical Science Component

Students offering Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels taken in England are required to achieve both the overall grade and a pass in the practical component.  Self-studying students who are unable to take the practical science component must provide reasons for this in the personal statement and will be considered on an individual basis.

Extended Project

The Extended Project Qualification does not form part of our standard entrance requirements, but UCL recognises its value as preparation for independent study, which is key to university-level study.

GCSE and equivalent qualifications

All programmes require GCSE or equivalent passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade 5 or higher. Some programmes require grades higher than 5 or additional GCSE passes in specific subjects, as outlined on individual degree pages.

GCSE grades 1-9: UCL equivalencies

  • 8 = A*
  • 7 = A
  • 6 = B
  • 5 = C

Qualifications accepted as GCSE equivalents include the following:

IGCSE at grade C or higher;

  • O level at grade C or higher;
  • Scottish Credit Standard Grade/Intermediate 2;
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCEE) at grade C or higher;
  • IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at grades 4 to 7;
  • Malaysia Sijil Pelejaran (SPM) at grades 1 to 6;
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Ordinary level at grades 1 to 6.
Other qualifications

UCL accepts a number of other UK qualifications as well as the International Baccalaureate and a range of international qualifications.

We understand that it is becoming more common for applicants to offer combinations of qualifications, such as A levels and Cambridge Pre-U, or A levels and BTECs at level 3.

Our qualification requirements are set to ensure that individuals are suitably prepared for the rigour of study at UCL, so we would usually be looking for an applicant to offer all their qualifications from one suite, such as three A levels, or an IB Diploma.

However, some departments may be willing to consider a mix of the qualifications that UCL usually looks for.

Each case would be considered on an individual basis, in conjunction with an explanation from the referee, and we would be looking to see that an applicant had obtained the breadth and depth of knowledge in their chosen subjects to succeed at UCL.

Applications from 'fast-track' students

Some schools, both in the UK and overseas, fast track their students and limit the number of examinations they take. As a result, you may not be sitting some GCSE or equivalent qualifications. We will be pleased to consider your application on its individual merits.


Preferred A level subjects

In addition to any specified programme requirements, you should also ensure that you are taking at least two A levels from the list of preferred subjects (given below).

We do not recognise General Studies, Thinking Skills and Critical Thinking for admissions purposes.

List of subjects

A

Ancient History
Anthropology
Arabic
Archaeology
Art and Design
Art and Design: 3D Design
Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design
Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies
Art and Design: Fine Art
Art and Design: Graphic Communication
Art and Design: Graphic Design
Art and Design: Photography
Art and Design: Textiles

B

Bengali
Biblical Hebrew
Biology
Biology (Salters-Nuffield)
Biology (Human)
Biology B
Business

C

Cantonese
Chemistry
Chemistry (Nuffield)
Chemistry (Salters)
Chinese
Classical Civilisation
Classical Greek
Computer Science

D

Drama (WJEC specification)
Drama and Theatre Studies
Dutch

E

Economics
Economics B
Economics and Business
Economics and Business Studies (Nuffield)
English Language
English Language and Literature
English Literature (specifications A or B where applicable)
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

F

Film Studies
French

G

Geography A
Geography B
Geology
German
Government and Politics
Greek
Gujarati

H

Hindi
History
History of Art
History of Art and Design

I

Information and Communication Technology
Irish
Italian

J

Japanese

L

Latin
Law

M

Mathematics
Mathematics (MEI)
Further Mathematics
Pure Mathematics
Media Studies (2022 entry)
Modern Greek
Modern Hebrew
Moving Image Arts (CCEA specification)
Music

P

Panjabi
Persian
Philosophy
Physics
Physics (Advancing Physics)
Physics (Salters-Horners)
Polish
Politics
Portuguese
Psychology
Psychology A
Psychology B

R

Religious Studies
Russian

S

Sociology
Spanish
Statistics

T

Tamil
Turkish

U

Urdu

W

Welsh
Welsh (Second Language)


Contextual offers 

As part of our commitment to increasing participation from underrepresented groups, students may be eligible for a contextual offer as part of the Access UCL scheme. The contextual offer will be a lower offer than the standard UCL offer and is listed under each programme on the online Prospectus page. For more information on eligibility criteria for the Access UCL scheme, visit our Access and Participation page.


Other UK qualifications

A level and International Baccalaureate entry requirements for each degree are different and can be found at the top of each degree page.

In addition to A levels and the International Baccalaureate, UCL considers the following UK qualifications:

  • Access to HE Diploma;
  • BTEC National Diploma;
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects;
  • Scottish Advanced Highers only requirements;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate.

Specific subjects

Some degree programmes require specific subject knowledge. For details of subject requirements, please consult the information on A level/International Baccalaureate subject requirements on individual degree pages.

Acceptability of other UK and international qualifications

Equivalent grades for other nationalities can be found by using the drop-down box provided on each degree page. Select the relevant qualification and the equivalent grades should appear on the page.

The information presented on these pages is intended only as a guide to the acceptability of qualifications for admission to UCL and the usual grade requirements. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.


International Baccalaureate

The standard minimum requirement is 34 points overall, with a combined score of 16 achieved in three higher level subjects with no grade lower than five. However, many of our programmes have higher entry requirements than this. Requirements for specific programmes can be found on our degree pages.

Comparing International Baccalaureate to A levels

Our programmes may specify up to two individual higher level grade requirements. Where this is the case, a higher level grade of six is specified as the equivalent of an A grade requirement at A level, and a higher level grade of seven is specified as the equivalent of an A* grade requirement at A level.

For example, a programme that requires grades AAB at A level including grade A in Chemistry has an IB Diploma requirement of 36 points with a score of 17 in three higher level subjects including grade six in Chemistry, with no score lower than five.


International qualifications

UCL accepts A levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) for direct entry to undergraduate programmes.

Equivalent grades for other international qualifications can be found by using drop-down boxes provided on each degree page.

For general information on domestic qualifications as well as more information specific to your nationality, including overseas events, reviews from alumni and advisers who can guide you through the application process, please visit the International Students website.

For further information on the acceptability of qualifications, please contact the relevant faculty office.


English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied

These requirements are different for each degree and can be found in the entry requirements section of each degree page.

Please see accepted English language qualifications for details of individual English language tests and the grade equivalencies for Standard, Good and Advanced levels at UCL.

Accepted English language qualifications

Evidence of English language proficiency

Evidence we require may take one of the following forms:

  • completed a minimum of 12 months' education in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • completed a minimum of 18 months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all 4 skills, no more than the summer 2 years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than 2 years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. A number of qualifications and tests are recognised, UCL's preferred English language qualification being the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced).

We reserve the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant if it is felt to be necessary, or to require a higher level than that indicated in the programme information below.


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