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  • Start date: September 2019

Modern Languages BA

The four-year Modern Languages BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, with over 300 possible modern language combinations. You may choose from more traditional combinations, such as Portuguese and German, or explore more unusual choices such as Dutch and Hungarian. You will also split your Year Abroad between two different countries.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
R000
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

IB Diploma

Points
34-36 points depending on the language combination (see the SELCS web page on entry requirements).
Subjects
A score of 16-17 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.
Points
(contextual offer)
32-36 points depending on the language combination (see the SELCS web page on entry requirements). (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: 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,M1 - 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.

AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB 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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB to ABB depending on subject combination. 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 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 very international population, meaning you will have opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages and learn about the associated cultures and societies. 

  • 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 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).

You may choose two languages that you have studied previously, or take a language at beginner's level alongside one you already know*. Languages are offered through SELCS, SSEES and Hebrew and Jewish.
Languages available include: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Scandinavian Languages (Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish), East European Languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and Ukranian).
*It is possible to study two SSEES languages from scratch (including Russian).

In years one, two and your final year you will take language modules in your chosen languages, as well as cultural modules related to them. You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) focusing on literature, film, linguistics and history from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

You will spend your third year abroad, split between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken. You will achieve the same linguistic competence regardless of whether you start a language from scratch or have previous knowledge of it.

The final degree awarded to you on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose, for example BA French and Italian, BA Dutch and German or BA Russian and Yiddish.

Modules

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Modules in your chosen languages
Literature, culture, history and linguistics modules related to your chosen languages


Optional modules

You will also choose an interdepartmental module offered by the School of European Language, Culture & Society (SELCS). Options may include, for example, the study of literature, linguistics, film, politics or history.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Modules in your chosen languages
Literature, culture, history and linguistics modules related to your chosen languages


Optional modules

You will also choose an interdepartmental module offered by the School of European Language, Culture & Society. Options may include, for example, the study of linguistics, film or history.

Year abroad

Your Year Abroad is split between two countries where your target languages are spoken. You can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement or British Council language assistantship abroad or a combination of the two (subject to language choice/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 on the Year Abroad 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 the active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through a combination of 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 Languages BA.

Careers

There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates. We seek to embed within 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 (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Associate, Deloitte
  • Full-time student, GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), BPP University
  • Full-time student, PGCE Teaching (French and German Studies), UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
  • Digital Content Executive, Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Full-time student, MSc in Management at LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science

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 2018/19 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 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)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. 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.

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.

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 languages you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the languages (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country or countries 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 will experience the sort of teaching 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 please submit your application to the Modern Languages BA. You will then be contacted to confirm the chosen combination of languages you wish to be considered for. Please note that we only teach French and Spanish from advanced level, therefore an A-level or equivalent is required for these languages. All other languages are available from beginner's level.

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

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