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University College School Private School

Address: 11 Holly Hill, London NW3 6QN, United Kingdom

Description University College School Private School

University College School (UCS) was founded as early as 1830 as a component of London University College, and today it is a prestigious, well-known private day school and mixed school. Boys here can study at the age of 3 to 18 years, girls are accepted for programs 3-7 years and 16-18 years. University "roots" of the school are observed in the educational system so far: it is one of the best schools in London and the country in terms of academic performance and the level of success of graduates.

The educational institution is known for having never worked as a boarding school in its history, and also because one of the first to teach modern foreign languages. In the curriculum of schoolchildren there was always a place for mathematics, chemistry, classical Latin and Greek, English, French and German.

At the current location in prestigious Hampstead, the University College School has been operating since 1907. In fact, the structure of the institution is divided into several organizations:

  • Phoenix School (boys and girls 3-7 years)
  • UCS Junior Branch (boys 7-11 years old)
  • UCS Senior School (pupils 11-18 years).

Senior School is also divided into 3 educational blocks:

  • Lower School (boys only)
  • Middle School (boys only)
  • Sixth Form (16-18 years, girls and boys).

The University College School curriculum is aimed at educating schoolchildren Independence, perseverance, education and patience, to achieve excellent academic results, the formation of a sustainable motivation for self-development, self-education. Here really topical, fundamental knowledge on a wide range of academic subjects is given. Studying by using modern technical means and educational methods increases the effectiveness and productivity of programs, gives graduates the opportunity to achieve success in any endeavors, in any chosen profession. Much attention is paid to self-discipline, the organization of students: all homework is constantly and carefully checked, tests are organized, time is allocated for self-education and work with the teacher individually.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University College School Private School

Program name
from 5 817 £ / term

Elementary classes

The youngest students are studied in an interesting and at the same time quite an intensive program. At this stage, it is most important to instill in children love for learning and the desire for knowledge, to develop independence, perseverance, to form a steady motivation for self-development and education. The list of disciplines studied includes the following:

  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Physical culture and sport
  • History
  • Music.
from 6 498 £ / term


A two-year course is designed for completing the acquisition of incomplete secondary education and entitling the transition from middle classes to Sixth Form programs, as well as further admission to the university. GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is highly valued, and therefore preparation for its receipt must be appropriately effective, comprehensive, in order to earn the highest possible scores.

The course combines compulsory attendance, general subjects and additional electives that the student can choose according to his taste and interest. To the list of mandatory are:

  • English
  • Modern foreign languages ​​(minimum 1, most often children choose French)
  • Mathematics
  • Exact sciences and some natural sciences.

You can choose electives from the following list:

  • Information Technology
  • Biology
  • History
  • Physical culture and sports
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Design and technology
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Latin (classical Latin)
  • Music
  • German
  • Drama and theatrical art
  • Greek (classical)
  • Chemistry
  • Art
  • Geography.
from 7 030 £ / term


The two-year A-level program is not in vain considered the gold standard of British education: the level of studying subjects is so high that the A-level certificate frees the graduate from passing the entrance examinations and tests even when enrolling in the most prestigious and ranking universities.

The student chooses independently all subjects for the curriculum: this makes it possible to be as efficiently as possible, "point-wise" to prepare for the chosen faculty and specialty. For the first year (AS-level), subjects are usually 4-5, for the second year only 3-4 disciplines remain, which are taken at the final examinations. In total, you can choose from more than 20 options, covering all areas of knowledge and science.

Additionally, high school students can use the help of the Special Career Department: professional consultants will help with career guidance, help you to choose the most suitable institution, course and specialty, and to tell you about possible ways of career growth.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : art, Chinese, drama, Dramatic art, English, French, geography, healthy lifestyle, history, Information Technology, maths, music, Natural Sciences, physical Culture, Spanish

Events University College School Private School

Sport and physical development are present in the student's "diet" during the entire period of study, at all stages. The list of the most popular and regular (offered at any time of the year) sports includes the following options:

  • Classes in the gym and general physical development
  • Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football.

There are suitable sections for creatively gifted students: for them a music and theater studio, classes of fine art are opened. Many pupils play different musical instruments, sing in the school choir: concerts, creative performances (including outside the campus, international tours) are regularly arranged.

There is a large number of clubs and studios on interests - let's name only the most popular:

  • Beekeeping
  • Cooking
  • Gymnastics
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Chess
  • Karate
  • Magic.

High school students can compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize: participating in such a prestigious match will be a very advantageous position in the package of introductory documents for the university.

A large number of leisure activities are organized both on the campus and in the city and even beyond:

  • Skiing
  • Visiting museums and premier expositions, exhibitions
  • Film tours
  • Theater premieres
  • Sightseeing tours and sightseeing tours
  • International study tours
  • Hiking ecotours and expeditions and etc!

Equipment University College School Private School

The school campus is located in Hapstead - a cozy, quiet, green suburb in north-west London. At this point the school works already in 1907, constantly modernizing and updating its infrastructure.

The main building of the University College School is on Frognal (mostly designed for high school students): this is a delightfully beautiful old building built in the era of King Edward. Despite its traditional historical appearance, the building includes all that is necessary for students to study according to high modern standards:

  • Spacious, bright classrooms and lecture halls
  • Functional scientific laboratories (for personal research, practical classes and experiments)
  • Own theater
  • Center careers (for high school students)
  • Extensive library
  • Spacious common dining area
  • Business center with conference rooms
  • Lecture halls for seminars and master classes.

All are engaged in Hampstead: they have a separate library and scientific laboratories, as well as numerous studios for music, theater, computer classes with the latest PCs.

Not far from West Hampstead are numerous sports fields and grounds: for rugby, football, cricket, field hockey, tracks and field athletics and tennis courts. The sports infrastructure is perfectly arranged on the main campus: Frognal has a spacious swimming pool, sports grounds and a gym, a cozy cafe (a large sports center Sir Roger Bannister).

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price already includes:

  • Teaching on the selected course (1 academic year - 3 terms)
  • Teaching aids, books and materials
  • Leisure and entertainment activities, excursions
  • Lunches
  • Accident insurance.

Not included in the price:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable) 
  • Studying fee (refundable)
  • Examination fees
  • Additional excursions, trips and activities (optional)
  • Individual academic / language lessons (optional)
  • Round trip airfare
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Consular fee (to be paid at the Embassy)
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Compulsory medical insurance.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 150 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 3500 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

In general, students enrolled at the University College School can be divided into several categories:

  • Phoenix School (mostly at 3 years old, pupils at 4.5 or 6 years old are personally assessed by the director)
  • Junior Branch (boys are accepted for 7 years according to the results of general entrance exams and personal interviews)
  • Lower School (for children 11 years old - they will have a personal interview and examinations in the main academic areas)
  • Middle School (boys are 13 years old: waiting for a personal interview, as well as examinations for academic subjects)
  • Sixth Form - 16 years old (a small number of students, girls - up to 25. Admittants must pass the general entrance exams to the level of critical and analytical thinking, the skill of solving non-standard tasks, resourcefulness).

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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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