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Modern Languages BA

The four-year Modern Languages BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, with over 250 modern language combinations possible. You may choose from more traditional combinations, such as French and German, or explore more unusual choices such as Dutch and Hungarian, and spend a year abroad in two different countries.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Modern Languages BA
UCAS code
R000
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
European Languages, Culture and Society
Total intake (by subject area)
194 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA-ABB depending on the language combination (see www.ucl.ac.uk/r000-entry)
Subjects
The following is required if part of the combination: French grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations an A level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages is required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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

IB Diploma

Points
34-38 points depending on the language combination (see www.ucl.ac.uk/r000-entry).
Subjects
A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects, to include the following if part of degree combination: French at grade 6; Spanish at grade 6. For all other combinations a higher level in one of your chosen languages is required. 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: French grade D3; German grade M1; Spanish grade D3. For all other combinations an A Level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages is required.

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 if part of the combination: French grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations an A Level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages is required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AB. The following is required if part of the combination: French grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations an A Level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages 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 offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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, galleries, 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 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).

In your first, second and final years you will take language courses in your chosen subjects, as well as courses in the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to them. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture & Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

You may choose two languages that you have studied previously, or take a language at beginner's level alongside one you already know. It is not possible to study two languages from scratch at the same time. Please refer to the SELCS website for information about which languages have specific entry requirements and what language levels UCL offers.

Your third year is spent abroad, 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. This will be split between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence regardless of whether they started a language from scratch or had previous knowledge of it.

Any two of the following languages may be combined (subject to entry requirements and availability):
Dutch; French; German; Hebrew; Italian; Portuguese, Russian; Scandinavian (one of: Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish); Spanish; East European (one of: Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian); Yiddish.

Importantly, you should note that the final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose, for example French and Italian BA, Dutch and German BA, Russian and Yiddish BA.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Courses in your chosen languages
Literature, culture, history and linguistics courses related to your chosen languages

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Courses in your chosen languages
Literature, culture, history and linguistics courses related to your chosen languages

Year Three

Year abroad

Year abroad, split between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken
Students currently complete two 2,000-word Year Abroad Project in each target language, and:
Any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange), or:
A British Council Assistantship or work placement abroad.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Advanced language and other courses 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

Courses 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 Languages 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.

Popular 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, while others continue with graduate training and research.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Immigration Liaison Assistant, British Embassy in Paris (2013)
  • Income Analyst, Bloomberg (2013)
  • Research Assistant, 2020health (thinktank) (2012)
  • Consultant, Deloitte (2012)
  • Architectural Assistant, Nick Wilson Architecture (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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.

Student view

The excellent teaching staff to student ratio of 1:10 is, in my opinion, a particularly important factor for practising languages. Aoife Sandy Boyle - Modern Languages (French and Finnish) BA (Second year)

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£15,660 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Value
5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on academic merit

Virtus UG Bursary

Value
7,812.50
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 2016



Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive and 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 brom beginner's level so and A level or equivalent is essential.

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