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Mr Joe Tilley
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Language and Culture BA
UCAS Code: R991
This distinctive programme provides enormous flexibility for you to customise your degree according to your linguistic and cultural interests. You will combine the study of up to three foreign languages with a focus in a chosen area of cultural studies: cultural history; film studies; history of art; linguistics or literary studies.
|Subjects||Foreign language required to include the following if studied as the main language: Ancient Greek, French, Latin or Spanish grade A.|
|AS Levels||A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Higher level subjects to include the following if studied as main languages: French, Greek, Latin or Spanish at grade 6.|
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Choose from the exceptional range of languages taught at UCL, including many of the more unusual languages spoken in Europe and beyond.
- You will spend a year abroad in a country where your main language is spoken.
- Language learning takes place in small groups, with research-active teachers, many of whom are native speakers. It is well supported through the excellent facilities of the UCL Language Centre.
- You will benefit from the outstanding specialist library resources and the enormous range of cultural experiences - such as exhibitions, film festivals, concerts - that London has to offer.
In your first year, you will take two languages, one of which is nominated as your main language (as specified in your application and offer letter). You also take the Language and Culture Core Course (Language, Culture and Representation) and select further cultural and linguistic courses.
The degree offers a unique flexibility, whereby in your second year you may confirm your initial choice of main language, and either keep your other language as your second language, or drop this and replace it with a further language. Alternatively, you may be able to nominate your second language as your main language for the remainder of your degree (subject to approval and availability).
Your third year is spent in a country where your main language is spoken. In your final year at UCL you continue with your language studies in both your main and second languages, or concentrate on your main language only, and select specialist courses in your chosen cultural field.
You will initially choose two languages (one as a 'major' language, the other as a 'minor' language) from the following wide range of languages taught at UCL:
Ancient Greek; Arabic (may only be studied as a minor element); Danish; Dutch; French; German; Hebrew; Icelandic; Italian; Latin; Norwegian; Russian; Spanish; Swedish; Yiddish; a Central or East European language (Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian) subject to availability.
Areas of cultural study offered include:
Cultural Studies; Film Studies; History of Art; Linguistics; Literary Studies; Translation.
There is also the opportunity to extend your knowledge to other areas with School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which may be from outside your subject area(s), drawing on the full range and diversity of expertise and specialisms within the school.
The programme is taught by experts from various departments across UCL. Language learning takes place in small groups. Languages not previously studied are taught intensively in the first year. You will be trained in speaking, reading and writing in youro target languages, and it is possible to take courses in translation.
Language courses are normally assessed by written and oral examinations, and other courses through a combination of written coursework and examinations. During your year abroad, you will prepare a project on a topic of your choice, which will be assessed by an oral examination at the start of your final year.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
On graduation from this BA you can expect to have excellent oral and written language skills and breadth and depth in cultural knowledge. The degree cultivates numerous transferable skills, such as the ability to organise your time and work independently, to think critically and to analyse and present information.
Graduates from the Language and Culture BA and related programmes have entered a wide range of professions including: journalism, the civil service, interpreting and translating, publishing, advertising, teaching, the media and the arts. There is a demand for graduates proficient in several languages, especially the less commonly-taught European languages.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:
- Research Associate, Adamson and Partners (2011)
- Accounts Executive, DLKW Low (2011)
- Events and Communications Intern, Financial Times (2010)
- Full-time student, MA in Cultural Studies at King's College London (2010)
- Assistant to Cultural Attaché, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni (2009)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In assessing your application we are looking for evidence of your interest in and aptitude for language learning, as well as interest in literature, film, art and other cultural subjects. Your application must state your chosen main language, and, if decided, your second language.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree you will be invited to attend an applicant open day at UCL. You may also be asked to respond to an admissions questionnaire and/or attend an interview (at which foreign languages may be spoken).
For overseas candidates or candidates for whom travel to UCL is difficult alternative arrangements will be made. Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential.