Access and Widening Participation


Eligibility criteria

Our events and activities are funded by UCL's Access and Participation Plan. In order to be eligible to apply you must be attending a state school in the UK.

We assess applicants to our projects based on the criteria set out below. Applicants are awarded a point for each criterion they fulfil and places are awarded based on an individual's total score.  We also reserve 50% of places for eligible male students, as they are currently under-represented across our programmes. 

Please check the information pages of particular programmes for their full eligibility criteria.


  • Attend a non-selective state school; attend a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. 

Family background 

  • Do not have parents or carers who studied at university; have parents from non-professional occupations; are currently eligible for free school meals. 


  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education and high levels of deprivation. (We use POLAR, IMD and Acorn data to assess this.) 

Groups under-represented in higher education

Academic potential

We are looking to work with highly able students who have the potential to meet UCL’s minimum entry criteria. For some of our programmes we will ask you to provide details of a teacher who can give a reference to comment on your potential. 

For students aged 16+ 

  • Applicants must have achieved at least five A*-B/9-6 grades at GCSE; 
  • Applicants must be likely to achieve a minimum of ABB at A level or at least 34 points at IB (please note that for subject specific activity students must be on track to meet the degree programme's minimum entry requirements);