Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2019

French and an Asian or African Language BA

The French components of this four-year programme are taught and taken at UCL, and the Asian or African language components at SOAS University of London, our near neighbour. There is a strong emphasis on spoken and written language work and the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

French required at grade A.
(contextual offer)
ABB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
French required at grade A.
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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-requirements

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.
(contextual offer)
34 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5, to include French grade 6.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. French D3 required.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). French grade A required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. French grade A is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This degree's strong focus on spoken and written language work features oral presentations, comprehension work and translation exercises. Native speakers of French form an integral part of our teaching team.

  • We place a strong emphasis on film and literature studies, with resources including a notable French section in the UCL Library. We offer modules covering all periods of French and francophone literature and thought.

  • You will have access to the facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. The French Society organises cultural and social events including theatre visits, drama productions and trips to France.

  • As a joint degree taught by UCL and SOAS you will have the benefits of being a student at both universities including access to the SOAS Library collections and resources.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The structure of the programme allows you to study modules in French language (written and oral), literature, culture, history, politics and society. You will have some flexibility throughout your degree to focus on areas you find particularly interesting. These opportunities increase as you progress.

You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), allowing you to study literature, film, art and culture from outside your subject area(s). This will enable you to focus on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Your African or Asian language will be taught by SOAS, University of London.

You will spend half of your third year in France or a French-speaking part of the world. You can choose whether to spend the term as a student at a French-speaking university, or to undertake a work placement abroad.

You will spend the other half of the year in a country where your other language studied is spoken. This placement is organised by SOAS.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone or studying Arabic at SOAS)
Reading French Texts
SOAS Language Study
Use of French

Optional modules

Unless you are a student taking Arabic at SOAS, you will select further credits from interdepartmental modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS). Options may include the study of literature, linguistics, film and history.

Core or compulsory module(s)

French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
SOAS Language Study
Use of French

Optional modules

You will select further modules from a wide range of options. These may vary each year and could include:

Contesting Frenchness: Francophone Literature
Enlightenment and Revolution: The 18th Century
Exploration of Self and Form: the Contemporary Period
France: Culture and Society
19th Century Literature
The Classical Age: 17th Century Literature
The Medieval Period
The Renaissance Period
SELCS interdepartmental intermediate modules

Year abroad key information

Your Year Abroad is split between a French-speaking country (arranged by SELCS) and a country where your Asian or Afrian language is spoken (arranged by SOAS).

For the French half, you can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement abroad (subject to availability/ approval).

The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

For further information please visit the SELCS Year Abroad website or contact SOAS.

Core or compulsory module(s)

French Oral
SOAS Language Study 3
Use of French

Optional modules

You will select further credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Cultures of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
Desire for Community: Literature as Anthropology
Fictions of Grief
Forms of Feeling in 17th Century France
Gender, Race and Sexuality
Introduction to Post-Structuralism
Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Paul Sartre
Medieval French Literature
Old Worlds, New Worlds, Humanism and Travel Writing
Reading Tintin
Representations of the Algerian War
Screen Cities: Representing the Margins of Paris 1830-2005
Swiss Cinema
SELCS interdepartmental advanced modules

Your learning

Throughout the degree, your teaching at UCL will be conducted mainly through small seminar groups, together with some lectures. Seminars are characterised by a 'hands-on' textual and analytical approach, whereas lectures are used for discussing general intellectual contexts.


Most modules are examined either by end-of-year examination papers or by assessed essay work completed during the year. You will also undertake oral examinations in French and in your African or Asian language.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: French and an Asian or African Language BA.


In addition to linguistic and cultural understanding, this programme aims to develop skills in critical reasoning, independent thinking and application of theoretical concepts. You will learn how to conduct research and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Graduates of the department have entered a wide range of professions including finance, commerce, journalism, education, the media, public relations, and translation and interpreting.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Graduate Executive, Maxus
  • Full-time student, MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King's College London
  • Full-time student, MSc in International Public Policy at UCL
  • Full-time student, MSc in Translation Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£19,970 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We aim to ascertain the depth and extent of your intellectual interest in French culture. Evidence of this may include reading in French beyond the examination syllabus (in particular of literary works) and experience watching French-language films. We may also employ other selection methods. If this is the case we will inform you about them in advance.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


If your application demonstrates that you are suitable and you receive an offer, then we will invite you to a Post Offer Open Day where you can experience the sort of teaching we offer and life in SELCS and meet colleagues from SOAS.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.