Access and Widening Participation


Disabled students

In the context of our pre-entry widening participation activities, we consider students to be disabled if they have one or more of the following health conditions or impairments: 

  • Visual impairments (blind or partially sighted);
  • Hearing impairments (deaf or hard of hearing);
  • Specific learning difficulties (e.g dyslexia or dyspraxia);
  • Autistic spectrum conditions;
  • Mental health difficulties;
  • Mobility difficulties;
  • Long-term health conditions;
  • ADD or ADHD.

Pre-entry activities

We welcome students who are disabled and attend a state school to apply to any of our widening participation activities. Whether you want to have a taste of university life, experience a subject of interest, or learn about study skills required for higher education, then make sure you submit an application to one of our programmes. If you are successful in your application, a member of the team will be in touch in order to discuss any adjustments that can be made to make the programme more accessible to you. 

Additionally, we do offer some activities specifically targeted towards disabled students: 

  • The Student Shadowing Scheme is an opportunity for year 12 students to come into UCL and experience what life is really like as a student: you will have the opportunity to accompany a current undergraduate student to a lecture, go on a tour of the campus, and speak to staff in Student Support and Wellbeing. 
  • Discover UCL is a three day residential summer school for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing students in years 11 and 12, which offers the opportunity to find out more about studying at UCL and stay in university halls of residences. 

Please note that, although we would like to work with as many students as possible, some programmes receive high volumes of applications and prioritise students who meet the highest number of our targeting criteriaFor full details of our targeting criteria please see our Who we work with page.

If you have any questions about applying to our pre-entry programmes as a disabled student, then please get in touch with Jalal Pour and Michele Sahiri wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk.   

Support once at UCL

If you do decide to make an undergraduate application to UCL, then there will be plenty of support on offer once you get here. UCL's Student Support and Wellbeing team aim to promote and implement an inclusive learning and teaching environment, allowing students to study as independently as possible during their time at university.

UCL welcomes applications from disabled students, and the same targeting criteria will be applied to all applicants. You are also welcome to arrange a visit with the Student Support and Wellbeing team before you enrol, in order to check that UCL is the right place for you. 

If you have any questions or concerns about support while at university, or would just like to talk to someone in person, then please contact Student Support and Wellbeing