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Get Admitted To Your Dream University – University College London

University College London (UCL), is a public research university in London, United Kingdom. It is a member institution of the federal University of London, and is the second-largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrollment. UCL was the first university to be founded in London and the first in England to be completely secular and to allow students of any religion. It was founded in 1826 as London University. And in 1878, it was among the first universities to admit women alongside men.

UCL has grown through mergers, including with the Institute of Ophthalmology (in 1995), the Institute of Neurology (in 1997), the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (in 1998), the Eastman Dental Institute (in 1999), the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (in 1999), the School of Pharmacy (in 2012) and the Institute of Education (in 2014). UCL’s main campus, which includes a variety of institutes and teaching hospitals, is in Bloomsbury, London. Close by in Bloomsbury is the UCL Cancer Institute as well.  In Stratford, East London, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the university operates a second campus called UCL East. It was inaugurated in 2018 as a component of the Olympicopolis site’s construction near the park’s southern boundary.

Over 100 departments, institutes, and research centers are housed among the 12 faculties that make up UCL. The university  is one of the founders of UCL Partners, the largest academic health science center in the world, and is a member of many academic associations like, Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities. UCL Press, UCL Business, and UCL Consultants are among the publishing and business ventures the university is involved in.

Academic Faculties at UCL

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Academic Units not assigned to a faculty


To apply for a full-time undergraduate programme at UCL, students first need to make an online application via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – UCAS. Undergraduate study at UCL is for students who hold an accepted qualification equivalent to an A-Level.

A Levels

A minimum of three A Level grades in the range of A* A* A* – A B B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

It includes: three HL subjects, three SL subjects, Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity – Action – Service (CAS), Extended Essay.
But if you are studying more than three HL subjects, the university will consider your three highest grades.
The university awards bonus points (max of three) for Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay as part of your overall points score out of 45.

GCSE and Equivalent

All programmes require a grade 5 or higher in English Language and Mathematics. Some programmes require higher grades or additional GCSE passes. Please check the requirements of each individual programme separately. 


In grade XII, students must receive a minimum of 90, 85, 85, 85, 85 (out of 100) in five subjects.

Accepted English Proficiency Tests by UCL:

University College London has five levels of English Language requirements based on different course curriculum. For e.g. Ancient History (BA) accepts students who have scored at Level 4 in their English Proficiency Tests, BA Greek with Latin requires Level 3, BA Archeology has a Level 2 requirement, and BSc. Comp. Science requires a score of Level 1.

Following are the details of each Level

TEST NAME Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

Overall score of 6.5 and a min of 6.0 in each component

Overall score of 7 and a min of 6.5 in each component

Overall score of 7 and a min of 7 in each component

Overall score of 7.5 and a min of 7 in each component

Overall score of 8 and a min of 8 in each component


Overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading & writing and 20/30 in speaking & listening

Overall score of 96 with 24/30 in reading & writing and 22/30 in speaking & listening

Overall score of 100 with 25/30 in reading & writing and 23/30 in speaking & listening

Overall score of 109 with 27/30 in reading & writing and 23/30 in speaking & listening

Overall score of 110 with 29/30 in reading & writing and 23/30 in speaking & listening

Pearson Test of English – PET

Overall score of 75 with a minimum of 67 in each Communicative Skill

Overall score of 76 with a minimum of 75 in each Communicative Skill

Overall score of 76 with a minimum of 76 in each Communicative Skill

Overall score of 80 with a minimum of 76 in each Communicative Skill

Overall score of 88 with a minimum of 80 in each Communicative Skill

Other Requirements:

A) Entrance Tests – Students may be invited to a departmental admissions test as part of the application, which is quite rare. But UCL has two compulsory entrance tests:

1. Critical Thinking EntranceTest

This is a compulsory test taken by all Undergraduate applicants to study at UCL, as part of the application process.

2. Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

This test is taken to study any course offered by the Department of Mathematics, as part of the application process.

B) Statement of Purpose (SOP) – It is a very important part of UCAS Application. It helps the UCL admission committee get an insight into who you are and whether you’d be a good fit for the course you’re applying to. The SOP should cover the students’ career aspirations, how they developed an interest in their subject, any relevant work or research experience related to their subject and their plans. You can only submit one personal statement for the five courses and universities you have applied for.

C) Letter of Recommendation (LOR) – The reference letter(s) is/are usually provided by the teachers that have observed the student closely; it includes the aspects of the applicant’s growth trajectory in the subjects, accomplishments and interest shown, and any remarkable accomplishments highlighting their expertise in the field. UCL requires a minimum of one academic LOR.

D) Interview – The majority of UCL departments do not require an interview process for its international applicants. Some courses may request an interview (if you are shortlisted) but the international students are only asked to complete a questionnaire instead (if need be).

International students applying from the USA, have to appear for the AP Tests as a compulsory pre-requisite at UCL. A minimum of 3 AP Tests with a 5 grade are required, but some challenging courses may require up to 5 AP Tests.
(To check the course specific requirements you must visit the specific course page).

Regardless of the curriculum type, academic scores are a high priority. The other aspects of the application, such as online courses, activities, and community service are secondary. So, it is crucial for students to have stellar grades, especially in their core subjects. For certain courses UCL may also require students to provide a sample of their written work (research paper) or art portfolio (you may check the specifications at the course page).

By following the above mentioned guidelines, you will increase your chances to get admitted to one of the best colleges in the United Kingdom.

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About the Author: 

Ankita is an Admissions Specialist & Editor at Scholarly, and has 4 years of experience in study abroad. She has a Masters degree in English Literature from University of Delhi. Ankita is an ardent reader who enjoys fiction and composes personal poetry. Her interests lie in learning more about the ancient history of the world and how she can pen down the experiences she gains in her life as articles.

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