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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

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

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.

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.

Structure 1 (Near or Middle Eastern Language)

Students take 4.0 cu each year. Below are the requirements for the French side of your degree. Please consult your department at SOAS for the SOAS side of your degree.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN1001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN1102 Reading French Texts (0.5cu)

It is recommended that students take FREN1002 French Oral on a voluntary non-assessed basis.


Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN2001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN2002 French Oral (0.5cu)

Francophone students take a FREN2*** module (0.5cu) instead of FREN2002.

Optional Modules (2.0 course units)

A total of 1.5cu from FREN2*** modules
and
One 0.5cu ELCS6*** intermediate-level module


Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3004 - Third Year Project B (0.5cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN4001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN4002 French Oral (0.5cu)

Francophone students can choose to take FREN4003 French Essay (0.5cu) or FREN4004 Advanced Translation (0.5cu) instead of FREN4002.

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

Choose two advanced European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses (0.5 course units each):A total of 1.0cu from FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** modules
or
One FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** module (0.5cu) and one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu).


Structure 2 (Non Near or Middle Eastern Language)

Students take 4.0 cu each year. Below are the requirements for the French side of your degree. Please consult your department at SOAS for the SOAS side of your degree.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)

  • FREN1001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN1002 French Oral (0.5cu)
  • FREN1102 Reading French Texts (0.5cu)

Francophone students take a FREN1*** module (0.5 cu) instead of FREN1002

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

FREN1101 The Making of Modern France (0.5cu)
or
One ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5cu)

*Students must choose one 0.5cu intermediate-level ELCS module either in year 1 or in year 2.


Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN2001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN2002 French Oral (0.5cu)

Francophone students take a FREN2*** module (0.5 cu) instead of FREN2002

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

A total of 1.0cu from FREN2*** modules
Or, if students did not take an ELCS6*** module in year 1:
One 0.5cu FREN2*** module and one 0.5cu ELCS6*** module

*Students must choose one 0.5cu intermediate-level ELCS module either in year 1 or in year 2. 


Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
  • ELCS3006 - Progress Portfolio A (0cu)
  • ELCS3007 - Progress Portfolio B (0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • FREN4001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN4002 French Oral (0.5cu)

Francophone students can choose to take FREN4003 French Essay (0.5cu) or FREN4004 Advanced Translation (0.5cu) instead of FREN4002.

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

A total of 1.0cu from FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** modules
or
One FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** module (0.5cu) and one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu).

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:

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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.

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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.

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

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)

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