Undergraduate

UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.

Contacts

Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Key Facts

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French and an Asian or African Language BA

UCAS code: RT19

The French components of this four-year programme are taught and taken at UCL, and the Asian or African language components at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), our near neighbour. There is strong emphasis on spoken and written language work and the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary study.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects French 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 38
Subjects A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here


International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Select country above, equivalent grades appear here.


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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • A strong focus on spoken and written language work. Oral presentations, comprehension work and translation exercises will be a feature of your learning. Native speakers of French form an integral part of our teaching team.
  • Emphasis on film and literature studies, with resources including a notable French section in the UCL Library. We offer courses covering all periods of French and francophone literature and thought.
  • You will have access to the facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. The French Society organises cultural and social events, for example, theatre visits, drama productions and trips to France.

The structure of the programme allows you to study core courses in French language (written and oral), literature, culture, history, politics and society. You will have some flexibility throughout your degree to focus on areas you find particularly interesting, and these opportunities increase as you progress.

You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow you to study literature, film, art and culture from outside your 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.

The other half will be taught by the School of Oriental and African Studies.

You will spend half of your third year in France or a French-speaking part of the world (for example, Switzerland, Quebec or Martinique). You can choose whether to spend the term as a language assistant in a French school, as a student at a French-speaking university, or to undertake a work placement abroad.

You will spend the other half of the year in a country where the other language studied is spoken.

Your learning

Throughout the degree your teaching will be conducted mainly through small seminar groups, together with some lectures. Seminars are characterised by a 'hands-on' textual and analytical approach, whereas lectures are used for discussing general intellectual contexts.

Assessment

Most courses are examined either by end-of-year examination papers or by assessed essay work completed during the year. You will also undertake oral examinations in French.

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone or studying Arabic at SOAS)
Reading French Texts
SOAS Language 1
Use of French

Optional courses

Unless you are a student taking Arabic at SOAS, you will select further credits from:
a wide range of optional courses offered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
SOAS Language 2
The Making of Modern France (for students taking Arabic at SOAS)
Use of French

Optional courses

You will select further courses from a wide range of options. These may include:

Contesting Frenchness: Francophone Literature
Enlightenment and Revolution: The 18th Century
Exploration of Self and Form: the Contemporary Period
France: Culture and Society
French Film History
19th-Century Literature
The Classical Age: 17th-Century Literature
The Medieval Period
The Renaissance Period
ELCS Intermediate Level courses

Year Three

Year abroad

Students will complete two 3,000-word Year Abroad Projects 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

French Oral
SOAS Language 3
Use of French

Optional courses

You will select further credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Advanced French Politics
Cultures of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
Desire for Community: Literature as Anthropology
Fictions of Grief
Forms of Feeling in 17th-Century France
Gender, Race and Sexuality
Introduction to Post-Strucuralism
Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Paul Sartre
Medieval French Literature
Old Worlds, New Worlds, Humanism and Travel Writing
Reading Tintin
Representations of the Algerian War
Screen Cities: Representing the Margins of Paris 1830-2005
Swiss Cinema
ELCS Advanced Level courses

Further details on department website: French and an Asian or African Language BA

Opportunities

In addition to linguistic and cultural understanding, the programme aims to develop skills in critical reasoning, independent thinking and application of theoretical concepts. You will learn how to conduct research and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Graduates of the department have entered a wide range of professions including finance, commerce, journalism, education, the media, public relations, translation and interpreting, and the police.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Prime Brokerage Sales, UBS (2012)
  • Civil Service Graduate Programme, Department of International Development (2012)
  • Business and Intelligence Officer, Deloitte & Touche (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in Arabic Literature at SOAS (2011)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We aim to ascertain the depth and extent of your intellectual interest in French culture. Evidence of this may include reading in French beyond the examination syllabus, in particular of literary works, and experience of watching French-language films. We may also employ other selection methods, which we shall inform you about in advance.

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.

Selection

If your application demonstrates that you are suitable 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.

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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