BA Modern Language Plus

Please note that this degree is administered by the School of Languages, Culture and Society. You can find more details on their website here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/selcs/prospective-students/undergraduate.

The Modern Language Plus degree offers students the opportunity to study English together with a foreign language, typically in a 50/50 split. The language combinations currently available are:

  • English and French
  • English and German
  • English and Italian
  • English and Scandinavian Studies

First Year

Modern Languages Plus students take half of their first year papers in the English Department. In common with students on the BA English, you would take Narrative Texts as a core course. Modern Language Plus students can then choose either Criticism or Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature.

Second and Fourth Year

For the English half of the degree, students choose four courses from the core courses (which are taught each year) or the option courses that are available that year. These courses will be spread across your second and fourth years at UCL. Modern Language Plus students may not take Commentary and Analysis.

In 2015-16, the available second/fourth year options should be:

Students should refer to information provided by the home language department for information on course unit choices offered for the language part of the degree.

Modern Language Plus students are typically on a year abroad in their third year.

Teaching and Assessment

Modern Language Plus students are taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is a lecture course which runs alongside each of your English courses, and a compulsory seminar series (for which you will be expected to do some background reading). In common with students on the BA English, Modern Language Plus students will have a different personal tutor in the English Department for each of their three years at UCL, who will also teach you on a one-to-one basis.

Modern Language Plus students are expected to write two essays a term for your tutor. The topic of these essays are decided in agreement between you and the tutor, and will refer to the option courses which you are currently following. Your tutor will discuss your essay with you during the tutorial; this also provides an opportunity for your tutor to help you with your general academic progress and wellbeing, and for you to discuss any academic issues you may have with your tutor.

First year students sit two exams in the English Department- one in Narrative Texts, and one in your first year optional course. You will need to pass these exams in order to take second year English papers, but the marks will not count towards your overall degree grade.

At the end of the second year, you would sit two English exams on two of your optional papers: you would sit the other two at the end of the fourth year. Students may also choose to replace one of these exams with an 8,000 word Course Essay. 

Application and Assessment

UCAS applications for this course are initially received by the Modern Languages departments (the School of European Languages, Culture and Society). Candidates which they shortlist on the modern language side are then passed to the English Department for consideration. The assessments we use for Modern Language Plus applications are the same as those for the standard BA course. You can read about those here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/english/prospective/BA_English/application-process.

Any interviews for this course would be entirely based on the English side of your course, and there would be no foreign language assessment at interview.