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Applying for an undergraduate degree

If you want to study a Bachelor degree in London, read the information below to find out how to apply.


How do I apply for a Bachelor degree in the UK?

Applications for bachelor degrees are submitted using the UCAS website. ‘UCAS’, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the official UK government approved application service which is used by all UK universities.

A small number of universities allow international students to apply directly to the university. However, the majority of universities will only accept your application through the UCAS system.

How does UCAS work?

On the UCAS website, you can register and create your application. You will need to complete a number of different sections, including your personal details, educational qualifications, financial information and a personal statement.

The personal statement is a very important part of the application. It is your opportunity to tell the university why you want to study the course and what makes you suitable. Before you start, read our tips on writing your personal statement.

The application system is available online 24 hours a day and you can save your application and return to it as many times as you like before submitting it.

How many courses can I apply to on UCAS?

Most students can apply to five different courses. You can apply to more than one course at the same university, or to five courses at five different universities.

Students who wish to apply for medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine can only apply to 4 courses. You can, however, choose a different fifth subject such as biomedical sciences.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, there are important deadlines for you to consider:

15 October – for all medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses

15 January – for most other courses

Many universities, especially the high ranking universities, will not accept applications after the UCAS application deadlines. However, some universities do allow international students to apply after the deadlines. Please check with your chosen university if you apply after the stated UCAS application deadline.

If you have missed the deadlines, don’t worry! There is another option for you called UCAS Clearing. The UCAS Clearing process takes place in August every year. At this time, universities open up all their remaining places. If you are still looking for a place on a Bachelor degree in August, visit the UCAS website to find a place on a course.

Do I need to take an admissions tests?

A number of universities require an admissions test for medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, either the UKCAT or the BMAT.

Some universities also require an admissions tests for Law, called LNAT.

Make sure you understand the entry requirements set by your chosen universities. If an admissions test is required, you will need to take this before you submit your application on UCAS.

Is there an application fee?

The UCAS application fee is £12 for a single course application or £23 for multiple courses.

What next?

  1. Search for courses on offer in London
  2. Register for free to contact the universities with questions about your chosen course
  3. Check the entry requirements guide for your country
  4. Visit the UCAS website to start your application

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