Access and Widening Participation


Experience UCL Days

Student with visitors

Applications for Experience UCL days in Summer Term 2023 are now closed.

What is Experience UCL?

Experience UCL is an exciting opportunity for prospective students to visit UCL and learn about life as an undergraduate. The scheme is targeted at students from certain priority groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education and at UCL.

If you are successful in your application to the scheme, you will spend the day with two current UCL students who will show you around the UCL campus and share insights into their university experiences. There will also be an opportunity to seek advice from UCL staff on topics such as applying to university, support services available and financial support. Each day will involve small groups of young people accompanied by two student ambassadors.

Experience UCL Days will run on a weekday during UCL term time, typically between 10:00-14:00, meaning you may need to take time off from sixth form or college in order to attend.

Who can take part?

Experience UCL is open to students who are currently in Year 12 or 13 (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland), studying at a state school or college in the UK.

Applicants must have achieved at least five A*-B/9-6 grades at GCSE and be currently studying a Level 3 qualification which would enable them to obtain a place on an undergraduate course at UCL. This includes A levels, the IB, a BTEC Extended Diploma or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Applicants studying A levels must be taking at least two subjects from UCL's list of preferred A levels.

In their Level 3 qualification applicants must be likely to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level or the equivalent grades accepted by UCL in other UK qualifications, including the Scottish Advanced Highers and Welsh Baccalaureate. An overview of UCL’s entry requirements and policies for our undergraduate programmes, including details of grade equivalencies for accepted qualifications, can be found on our website.

In addition, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are a student with a disability;
  • are a young carer;
  • are a forced migrant (e.g. refugee or asylum seeker);
  • are estranged from parent(s);
  • are from the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community;
  • are currently or have experience of being in care (e.g. local authority care, foster care, residential care).

In the application form you will also be asked to provide the contact details of a teacher at your school or college who we can contact to verify that you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Please make sure you have spoken to your teacher about this before applying.

It is advisable that you complete the application form with a parent/carer nearby, as they will need to complete some sections of the form.

Places on the scheme are limited, therefore, whilst we will try to accommodate all applicants, this may not be possible and we will use the shortlisting criteria detailed in our Who we work with webpage to prioritise young people from the least represented groups.

Why take part?

  • Experience life as a UCL undergraduate student
  • Be taken on a tour of the UCL campus
  • Learn about the support services offered at UCL
  • Gain expert advice and guidance from UCL staff members


When will Experience UCL days take place?

The Experience UCL scheme will run in both the UCL Spring and Summer terms. Please click the boxes below for each term's dates and application form.

In the application form you will be asked to select all the dates when you will be available to attend an Experience UCL day. Allocations will then be confirmed and communicated to successful applicants once the application deadline has passed.

Spring Term (January – March 2023)

Experience UCL days in the Spring Term 2023 will be taking place on the below dates. The deadline to submit an application is 10am on Friday 9 December 2022.

  • Wednesday 1 February
  • Thursday 9 February
  • Monday 27 February
  • Thursday 9 March
  • Tuesday 21 March
Summer Term (April – June 2023)

Experience UCL days in the Summer Term 2023 will be taking place on the below dates. The deadline to submit an application is 10am on Monday 27 March 2023.

  • Thursday 27 April
  • Friday 5 May
  • Wednesday 10 May
  • Thursday 18 May
  • Tuesday 6 June