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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK & EU fee
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas fee
£17,710 (2017/18)

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 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.

This distinctive and highly flexible programme provides enormous scope for you to customise your degree according to your interest in linguistics, film, literature and history. To this is added the study of two languages, with the possibility of changing language after the first year.

Degree benefits

  • Youl will be able to choose from the exceptional range of languages taught at UCL, including many of the less frequently spoken languages of Europe and beyond. 

  • You will spend a year abroad in a country where your main language is spoken.

  • Language learning takes place in small groups with research-active teachers, many of whom are native speakers. Your learning will be well supported by the excellent facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

  • You will benefit from the outstanding specialist library resources and the enormous range of cultural experiences—such as exhibitions, film festivals, and concerts—that London has to offer.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Students must take enough modules to total 4 course units (cu) each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (3.0cu)

  • Main language (1.0 cu)
  • Second language (1.0 cu)
  • LCUL1001 Language, Culture and Representation (1.0 cu)

Optional Modules (1.0cu)

  • Cultural or linguistic ‘content’ module in relevant main language department (0.5 cu)

(NB: if your main language is French, you must take FREN1102 - Reading French Texts - as your optional 0.5cu).

  • Any ELCS1*** intermediate-level module (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (2.0cu)

  • Main language (1.0 cu)
  • Second Language (1.0 cu)

Optional Modules (2.0cu)

  • Cultural or linguistic ‘content’ module in relevant main language department (0.5 cu) AND


  • Three ELCS6*** intermediate-level modules (1.5cu) 


  • LCUL2001 European Cultures (0.5cu)
  • Two ELCS6*** intermediate-level modules (1.0cu)


  • Two ELCS6*** intermediate-level modules (1.0cu)
  • An outside option or cultural or linguistic ‘content’ module in relevant second language department (0.5cu)


  • LCUL2001European Cultures (0.5cu)
  • One ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5cu)
  • An outside option or cultural or linguistic ‘content’ module in relevant second language department (0.5cu)

Year Three (Year Abroad)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0cu)

  • Main language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (3.0cu)

  • Cultural or linguistic ‘content’ modules in relevant main language department (1.0cu) AND


  • Any ELCS4*** advanced-level modules and/or an advanced continuing second language and/or outside options (1.0cu)
  • LCUL4001 – Dissertation in Language and Culture (1.0cu)


  • Any ELCS4*** advanced-level modules and/or an advanced continuing second language and/or outside options (2.0cu)

Entry requirements

A Levels
Foreign language required to include the following if studied as the main language: Ancient Greek, French, Latin or Spanish grade A.
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:
IB Diploma
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Higher level subjects to include the following if studied as main languages: French, Greek, Latin or Spanish at grade 6.
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 a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign Language required, to include the following if studied as the main language: French, Ancient Greek, Latin or Spanish grade D3.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Foreign Language preferred at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Foreign Language required.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The 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:

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.


On graduation from this programme you can expect to have excellent oral and written language skills and breadth and depth of cultural knowledge. This degree cultivates numerous transferable skills, including the ability to organise your time and work independently, think critically, and analyse and present information.

Graduates from the Language and Culture BA and related programmes have entered a wide range of professions including: journalism, the civil service, interpreting and translating, publishing, advertising, teaching, the media and the arts. A demand exists for graduates proficient in several languages, especially in the less commonly taught European languages.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Author, Self-Employed
  • International MA in Economy, State and Society, UCL
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Institute of Education (IOE)
  • MPhil in European and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, University of Cambridge
  • Accounts Executive, DLKW Low (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 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.

Application and next steps

Your application

In assessing your application we are looking for evidence of your interest in and aptitude for language learning, as well as your interest in literature, film, art and other cultural subjects. Please state your chosen main language, and, if decided, your second language in the 'further details' section of the UCAS form.

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 2018


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 can 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.

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

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