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  • Start date: September 2019

Modern Language Plus BA

SELCS offers a range of degrees combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one that is new to you), together with another discipline, such as English, Philosophy, History of Art, Jewish Studies, Latin or Management Studies. You will also spend a year abroad. For a full list of combinations available, UCAS codes and entry requirements please see the SELCS website. Please note this has changed and now courses have individual UCAS codes.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
RY00
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA-ABB depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page for entry requirements by language combination)
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.
Grades
(contextual offer)
BBB-AAB depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page for entry requirements by language combination) (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
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 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

Points
34-38 points depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page for entry requirements by language combination).
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.
Points
(contextual offer)
32-36 points depending on the subject combination (see the SELCS web page for entry requirements by language combination). (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A score of 15-17 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

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

  • 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. This innovative degree allows you to combine a language with another discipline taught at UCL.

  • The School of European Languages, Culture and Society offers a wide range of languages including Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Scandinavian Languages. There are specialist libraries for each language and high-level research.

  • UCL has a large international population, and you will have many 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.

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).

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. Combinations 'with' are studied on a 75/25 ratio.

Your third year is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university, 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, Management Studies or Philosophy
Dutch with Film Studies or Management Studies
French and English, History of Art, Latin or Philosophy
French with Film Studies or Management Studies
German and English, History of Art, Jewish Studies, Latin or Philosophy
German with Film Studies or Management Studies
Italian and History of Art, Jewish Studies, Latin, Management Studies or Philosophy
Italian with Film Studies
Scandinavian Studies and English, History of Art, Latin or Philosophy
Scandinavian Studies with Fillm Studies or Management Studies
Spanish and History of Art, Latin or Philosophy
Spanish with Film Studies or Management Studies

Each combination has different entry criteria, ranging from AAA to ABB. These can be found on the SELCS website.

Each combination is now a separate degree and will not be available as BA Modern Language Plus for September 2019 entry onwards.

Modules

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

Your exact modules of study will depend on your combination. You should consult 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

You will spend your Year Abroad in a country where your target language is spoken.

You can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement or British Council language assistantship abroad (subject to language choice/availability/approval), to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion.

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.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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


Your learning

Your language classes will 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

You will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, essays, language work, projects and other coursework. Additional weight will be given to your achievements in the later years of your programme.

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 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.

Destinations

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

  • Analyst, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Public Relations (PR) Company Executive, Cube Communications
  • Full-time student, Teach First: PGCE at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

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.

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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

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

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 2019



Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make 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 meet academics from both sides of your degree.

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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