Compulsory Modules

UPCH students will study two compulsory modules

Art & Literature


1. Cultural Studies & Academic Research Methods

This compulsory module is an important part of the UPC course as it helps to prepare students with the practical academic research skills required to study at British universities and develop the critical thinking skills necessary when considering content. Through a weekly lecture series, the course will examine the key themes of Culture, Representation, Power and Identity Politics from a range of perspectives within the humanities. Students will explore fundamental questions about the cultural and political ideologies and practices that underpin our society and shape the way we perceive the world.

Through practical research methods classes, students become familiar with academic practice and conventions. In addition, research initiative is developed to help students become independent and confident about presenting information in both oral and written form.

2. Academic English

The ability to communicate effectively in English is essential in order to be successful both on the UPCH and your future degree course. This unit is for students who use English as a second language. Successful communication involves being able to write and understand academic English as well as speak fluently and listen and process correctly the information conveyed in lectures, seminars and tutorials. A fundamental aspect of the Academic English unit is the need for students to develop their reading abilities and extend their existing vocabulary strategies to cope with the amount of new information which is given over the year.

A weekly one-to-one personal tutorial with one of the Academic English tutors on the course allows an opportunity to discuss the progress you are making, to concentrate on any language learning difficulties you may be facing, and to go through corrected homework tasks or through other work that you have completed as part of your self-study. This regular contact with your personal tutor means that they can build up a clear picture of your language learning and the progress you are making, and they can guide you much more closely in your studies.

UPCH students with a near native competence in English may study French, German, Italian or Spanish instead of Academic English as part of the UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities with a Modern European Language (UPCHmel) course. The minimum level of English required for this is IELTS 7.5, TOEFL IBT 109 or equivalent.