All applications for the undergraduate programmes need to be submitted via UCAS: https://www.ucas.com/.
The deadline for applications to start studies in September is usually mid-January of the following calendar year. You can find the application deadlines on the prospectus pages and in the UCAS Key Dates Calendar:https://www.ucas.com/ucas/events/find/scheme/undergraduate/type/key-date. In order to guarantee that your application will be considered, it must be submitted before the deadline.
Although you are welcome to apply early and this may result in a quicker decision, there is no competitive advantage in doing so and no guarantee of an early decision.
Security and Crime Science does not and is unlikely to enter UCAS Adjustment or Clearing, as we fill all our spaces before this.
Entry to the second or third year of the BSc Security and Crime Science programme is not permitted. Students can apply via UCAS to enter the first year only.
Yes, however please be aware that if you are applying for deferred entry, you will still need to meet the conditions attached to any offers you receive by the end of August of the calendar year you are applying in.
Offer-holders can request to defer their entry to the following academic year by contacting the Admissions office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are unable to advise you as to whether you would be likely to be made an offer based on your CV/transcripts/work experience prior to the application being submitted. We recommend that you review the entry requirements of the programme you are interested in on the UCL prospectus webpages prior to submitting your application via UCAS. Only full applications submitted via UCAS can be considered.
Are there particular routes to entry for students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds?
Security & Crime Science participates in the Access UCL scheme, via which students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for a contextual offer. Full details of the scheme can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/access-ucl
Yes. Applicants over the age of 21 are considered mature, however we welcome applications from all age groups. The application process is the same.
When assessing the application we would usually expect to see evidence of recent study (i.e. in the last two to three years) and evidence of relevant work experience.
No, our BSc in Security and Crime Science is offered full-time, on-campus only.
No, but in the 2nd year students have the opportunity to enrol on a Professional Practice module (subject to interview and other eligibility checks). In this module students gain first-hand experience of professional practice through a series of workshops and a 70-hour project with a partner organisation. In addition to this, a large number of our undergraduate students arrange internships during the summer vacation period to gain work experience. Companies often target UCL students and the UCL Careers service can assist students to find internship opportunities.
No, at the moment our students do not have the opportunity to study at another institution.
If you are interested in visiting UCL, we recommend signing up to attend one of UCL's Open Days - this allows you to visit the campus, meet current students and staff and attend a variety of activities. You can find further information online here. International students can also book onto campus tours throughout the year: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international/tours. We are unable to offer individual department tours to prospective applicants.
Applications are assessed firstly by UCL Admissions officers against the published entry criteria. Applicants with non-standard qualifications or applications from mature applicants are referred onto the Security and Crime Science Admissions Tutor for review.
No, offers are made based on the application alone so you will generally not be invited to attend an interview. UK-based applicants made an offer of study may be invited to attend a post-offer open day in the department in April. This is not used for selection purposes, but allows offer-holders to make an informed choice before accepting our offer. We hold a virtual offer holders` day for overseas applicants with an offer.
We expect you to explain why you want to study at UCL, why Security and Crime Science, your interests and future ambitions. Evidence of an interest in crime prevention, and awareness of the department's approach to these issues, would be looked upon favourably. There is lots of general advice available online about writing personal statements for UCAS: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement.
The rest of the courses I am applying to are not related to this subject. How should I write my personal statement?
We understand that the subject of our course is quite specific and that it can prove difficult to tailor your personal statement to it. Therefore, you can submit a separate personal statement via email to email@example.com. Please wait a couple of days after submitting your UCAS application before you send your statement to our Admissions Team and make sure you include your UCAS ID number in the message.
You can either upload this to the application yourself on UCL Select, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what has been uploaded or alternatively, you can email the same address and we will add the information to the application and process as necessary. Please remember to include your UCAS ID number on any correspondence.
UCL endeavours to ensure that all applicants who have applied by the deadline will receive a decision via UCAS by 31 March in the calendar year of proposed entry, or a calendar year ahead for deferred entry applications. Some applicants may hear back earlier.
No, we are unable to discuss an applicant’s results or application details with anyone other than the applicant themselves without the applicant’s prior written consent.
Yes, you can apply prior to receiving the results of your current qualification. Your referee is expected to input your predicted grades in their UCAS reference. Any offer made while the applicant is still studying will be conditional on achieving the results specified by the offer letter.
UCL will assess your fee status when you submit your application and you will be informed of their assessment later in the year. You can find further guidance here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/fees-funding
UCL decisions on applications are final, and there is no right of appeal against them. UCL will consider a complaint against any decision only if there is substantive evidence of an irregularity in the processing of the application in question.
You can find further information on our entry requirements for different qualifications, including international ones, on the main prospectus webpages under the Entry Requirements section.
For BSc Security and Crime Science we do not specify what the three A-level subjects are. You can see the list of UCL’s list of preferred A-level subjects here.
In the case of non-standard or mixed qualifications, your application will be referred to the Admissions Tutor for review. The Admissions Tutor may be required to make a special case for admission to the Faculty Tutor, and if they are in agreement, the case will then go forward to the Dean of Students (Academic). The DoS’ decision is always final in such cases, and as each is considered on an individual basis, we are not able to guarantee that such an application will be successful.
Entry onto SCS is very competitive. The majority of applicants will either be predicted to meet or exceed the entry requirements for our programme. If your predicted grades are below our entry requirements then you are less likely to receive an offer.
We do not generally use AS grades as part of our assessment, however if there is a large discrepancy between the AS grades already achieved and your predicted A-Level grades, the application may be referred to Admissions Tutor for further review. A large discrepancy would likely make an application less competitive.
Our entry requirements are AAA. We would always look at the best three A-levels, so taking four A-levels would not necessarily give an applicant an advantage over someone taking three A-levels.
Resitting within the 2 years will not disadvantage you, but may impact on the predicted grades your referee records on the application.
Applicants resitting or taking A-levels over 3 years may be considered, but applicants should note that it may make their application less competitive. It is advisable to explain the reason for taking the qualification over three years in the reference, e.g. extenuating circumstances.
Your offer letter will normally specify if you are required to take an English Language test. If you are unsure, please contact the UCL Admissions office (email@example.com) to verify this.
Evidence of proficiency would normally be either having completed 12 months education in a country that UCL considers to be majority English speaking, 18 months work experience in a country that UCL considers to be majority English speaking, or having achieved a school leaving qualification containing English no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. All of the above must be recent, i.e. having happened no more than 2 years prior to date of enrolment. More information can be found here.
Accepted English language qualifications are listed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements
The preferred test is IELTS.
You will need to accept your offer via the UCAS portal.
You will be informed by UCAS of the date by which you need to make a formal response to the offers you have received, either accepting them firmly, on an insurance basis, or declining them.
Results for A levels, Scottish Highers and IB are automatically imported into UCAS. Students taking other qualifications will need to notify UCL of their results directly, by sending official documentation e.g. transcripts by email, or uploading these directly to the UCL Applicant Portal themselves on Portico.
We would advise requesting a priority remark from the exam board to ensure a swift turnaround and to email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us that you have requested a remark so that we can keep a note of this on your record.
You then have until 5pm on 31 August of the calendar year you applied in to provide us with the results. We are not able to consider any results received after that deadline.
If you don’t meet the conditions of your offer, we might not be able to accept you onto our course. You should receive a decision shortly after your results are published.
If you were not made an offer, we will release your application as soon as possible so that you can pursue other university places.
International applicants who require a visa to study in the UK will start to be assigned a CAS number by UCL Admissions in June/July (no more than 3 months before the enrolment date). The CAS number is needed before a visa application can be made.
You should also consider applying for Student Finance as soon as you can, if eligible. It can take several months for applications to be processed.
You can work part-time, as many students do, to supplement your income during you studies, however our degree is full-time and will demand around 40 hours per week of your attention. Your academic work should take priority so for this reason we do not usually recommend students working during their studies.
If you are studying at UCL with a study visa for longer than 6 months, you can normally work up for up to 20 hours a week during your studies and full-time outside term date to help support your studies (please double-check the conditions of your visa).
UCLU's JobShop service could help you find flexible part-time employment.
The next step will be pre-enrolment no more than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of your course. You will be able to find further information on the required steps for new students online here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/new-students/pre-enrol