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Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc
UCAS code: Y001
This exciting four-year programme provides great flexibility and choice, offering an interdisciplinary approach incorporating both arts and sciences specialisms with the opportunity to learn a foreign language and spend a year at a university abroad. Students create a bespoke programme and study innovative courses to enhance the link between disciplines.
- Entry requirements
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|Subjects||A mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures or Societies: two arts/humanities/social sciences plus one science/Mathematics; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science plus one arts/humanities/social science; Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science plus one arts/humanities/social science. For more information about A level subject classification, see the BASc website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/application/alevels|
|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade B. 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|
|Subjects||A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects with a mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures or Societies: either one higher level subject from groups 4 or 5 and two higher level subjects from groups 1,2,3,6; or three higher level subjects from groups 1,2,3,6 and two standard level subjects from groups 4 or 5, with grades of 6 in each. Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5. Health and Environment: to include higher level Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 3,4 or 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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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.
- UCL's Arts and Sciences programmes are unlike any other degree in the UK. They allow you to create a bespoke programme, incorporating both arts and science specialisms.
- Responding to increased demand from employers for outstanding graduates with cross-disciplinary experience, these unique degrees will equip you with knowledge, skills and insight across arts and sciences subjects.
- Spend your third year of study abroad at an approved university - either in an English-speaking country or in a country where your chosen foreign language is spoken.
- Core courses will enhance your understanding of how different branches of knowledge interrelate. You will also develop your language skills and undertake an internship, giving you the chance to explore future employment options.
The programme offers a unique combination of specialist courses and an interdisciplinary core. The core courses enable you to acquire the skills and concepts you will need to work effectively across multiple disciplines. They link traditional UCL subjects in new ways, or explore the conceptual and methodological differences between arts and science subjects.
You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree and, in the summer at the end of your second year, you will gain work experience through an internship chosen to integrate with your studies and future aspirations.
Possible internships include businesses, non-government organisations and voluntary organisations. Our students have achived internships with, for example, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, the UN, Reuters, the Wellcome Trust and many other organisations and businesses.
You will choose a major and a minor pathway on application; your pathways determine the subjects you can specialise in. We offer two arts pathways and two sciences pathways.
Cultures (Arts): Anthropology, Design and Visualisation, Cultural Studies, Film, History, History of Art, Languages, Literature, Philosophy
Societies (Arts): Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Economy, Politics, Sociology
Health and Environment (Sciences): Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Psychology, Science and Technology Studies
Sciences and Engineering (Sciences): Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Science and Technology Studies, Statistics
You will be exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive groups and multimedia projects. Core courses will be taken alongside your fellow BASc students. Courses pertaining to your pathways will be taught by specialist staff from across UCL and will provide you with an opportunity to learn alongside students on other programmes.
Both your pathway subjects and the language component will be assessed by written examinations and essays. Project work and a dissertation will contribute to your overall assessment. You will be required to give presentations, work on group projects and multi media projects and participate in assessed debates.
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).
Summer at the end of year two
Further details on department website: Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc
On graduation, you will have two academic specialisms, strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a range of fields.
The Arts and Sciences programmes are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of exciting contemporary careers. One of the core courses in the final year will specifically explore ways in which employers in a range of fields acquire, use and value knowledge.
The employers with whom we regularly consult have commented that the degree will equip students with the breadth of knowledge, the cultural and quantitative awareness and the teamwork skills that they are looking for in graduate recruits. The hands-on experience provided by the summer internship is also highly valued.
The first cohort of students admitted to the Arts and Sciences four-year BASc programme are due to graduate after 2016. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on these programmes is not yet available.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Your application should provide evidence that you are:
- Prepared for critical enquiry and in-depth academic work across a broad intellectual spectrum
- Interested in engaging in wider societal, cultural and global issues
- Interested in careers involving leadership, social entrepreneurship and intercultural exchange
- Prepared to think critically and creatively to seek new connections between types of knowledge
- Interested in combining non-standard areas of study in your degree.
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.
We recognise you may not be able to write a personal statement which reflects your interest in this programme and your other UCAS choices. This will not adversely affect your application. If your application demonstrates your eligibility, we will email you and ask you to complete a questionnaire.
If you fulfil our entry criteria and are resident in the UK, you will be invited to an open day/test day. Here you can meet staff, ask questions and discuss your suitability for the programme. You will also be given a one-hour lecture and test on that lecture. If you are resident outside the UK you will not be required to attend an open day, but will be asked to complete a questionnaire and have a phone or Skype interview instead.
On your UCAS application you must indicate your choice of major pathway in the 'Further Details' box.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students
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