Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Modern Language Plus BA

The Modern Language Plus BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one that is new to you), together with another discipline, such as philosophy, history of art, Jewish studies or management studies. You will also spend a year abroad.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

AAA-ABB depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page on entry requirements)
The following is required if part of the combination: English Literature or English Language and Literature grade A; French grade A; Latin grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations a foreign language is preferred.
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-reqs

IB Diploma

34-38 points depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page on entry requirements).
A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects, to include the following if part of degree combination: English A1 at grade 6; French at grade 6; Latin at grade 6; Spanish at grade 6. For all other combinations a foreign language is preferred. No score below 5.

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 between 28 credits awarded with Merit and a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. The following is required if part of the combination: English Literature or English Language & Literature grade D3; French grade D3; German grade M1; Latin grade D3; Spanish grade D3. For all other combinations a foreign language is preferred.

AAA-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). The following is required at Advanced Higher if part of the combination: English Literature or English Language & Literature grade A; French grade A; German grade B; Latin grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations a foreign language is preferred.

Depending on subject combination: Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA or Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. Please see A Levels for subject requirements.

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

The 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

  • UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.

  • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.

  • UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.

  • Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 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 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In your first, second and final years you will take modules in your chosen language and the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to it, as well as modules in your other discipline. You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), which offer an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Combinations of a language 'and' another discipline are studied on a 50/50 ratio whereas combinations 'with' are studied on a 75/25 ratio.

Year three is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university with which UCL has an exchange agreement, working as a British Council language assistant or doing a work placement. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence whether or not they started from scratch.

The following combinations of subjects may be studied together (subject to entry requirements):

Dutch and English, History of Art, Latin, Philosophy or Management Studies  
Dutch with Management Studies or Film Studies
French and English, Philosophy, Latin or History of Art
French with Film Studies
German and English, Philosophy, Latin, History of Art or Jewish Studies
German with Management Studies or Film Studies
Italian and History of Art, Latin, Philosophy, Jewish Studies or Management Studies
Italian with Film Studies
Scandinavian Studies and English, Philosophy, Latin or History of Art
Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies or Film Studies
Spanish and History of Art, Philosophy or Latin
Spanish with Management Studies or Film Studies

Hebrew 'and' all of the above disciplines is also available as part of the Modern Language Plus BA.

Each combination has different entry criteria, ranging from AAA to ABB.

The title of the final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose.


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Modules in your chosen language
Modules in your second discipline
Literature, culture, history and linguistics modules related to your chosen language

Exact modules will depend on your combination. You will need to look at both departmental websites to see the modules for each part of your degree.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Modules in your chosen language
Modules in your second discipline
Literature, culture, history and linguistics modules related to your chosen language

Year abroad

Year abroad in the country where your chosen language is spoken.
Students currently complete any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange), or a British Council assistantship or work placement abroad.

Whether they undertake an internship or a university placement, students on their year abroad will engage in guided academic work and critical reflections so as to make the most of their cultural and linguistic immersion.

For further information please visit the SELCS year abroad website.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Advanced language and other modules in your chosen fields.

Your learning

Your language classes focus on developing active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.


Modules are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Modern Language Plus BA.


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed within our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.


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

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher, Apollo Vietnam
  • Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • Full-time student, MA in Issues in Modern Culture at UCL
  • Freelance Journalist, BBC
  • Full-time student, MA in Philosophy at King's College London

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£19,390 (2018/19)

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 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Based on academic merit

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

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

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.

When applying for a place on this programme please submit your application to the Modern Language Plus BA. All applicants will then be contacted to confirm the chosen combination of lanugage/subject they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is therefore required for these combinations.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer open day, where you can experience the sort of teaching that we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

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

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