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  • Start date: September 2017

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 new to you), together with another discipline, such as film studies, history of art, Jewish studies or management studies. You will also spend a year abroad.

Key information

UCAS code
RY00
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
AAA-ABB depending on the subject combination (see www.ucl.ac.uk/ry00-entry)
Subjects
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.
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

IB Diploma

Points
34-38 points depending on the subject combination (see www.ucl.ac.uk/ry00-entry).
Subjects
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 courses in your chosen discipline. You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), which offer an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Year three is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university normally with which UCL has an Erasmus or other 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, or Management Studies
  • Dutch with Management Studies
  • French and English or History of Art
  • German and English, History of Art or Jewish Studies
  • German with Management Studies
  • Italian and History of Art, Jewish Studies or Management Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies and English or History of Art
  • Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies
  • Spanish and History of Art
  • Spanish with Management Studies.
The above modern languages as well as Hebrew may be studied together as 'and' combinations with:

  • Latin
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy
  • Science and Society
and as a 'with' combination with Film Studies.

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

Modules

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

Compulsory modules

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

Compulsory modules

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.

Compulsory modules

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.

Assessment

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.

Careers

There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in 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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Recruitment Consultant, Independent Clinical Services
  • Graduate Trainee, Phaidon
  • Analyst, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory
  • Trade Analyst, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK
  • Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs

*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£16,130 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.

Funding

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 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017



Selection

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 which 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.

When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that 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 essential.

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

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