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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)

Details about financial support are available at:


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

This distinctive programme provides enormous flexibility for you to customise your degree according to your linguistic and cultural interests. You will combine the study of two languages, with the possibility of changing language after the first year. You will select a focus in a chosen area of cultural studies: cultural history; film studies; history of art; linguistics or literary studies.

Degree benefits

  • Choose from the exceptional range of languages taught at UCL, including many of the less-spoken languages spoken in 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. The learning is well supported through the excellent facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education.
  • You will benefit from the outstanding specialist library resources and the enormous range of cultural experiences - such as exhibitions, film festivals, concerts - that London has to offer.


Students must take enough modules to total 4 course units (cu) veach 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 ELCS6*** 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) 


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

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

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.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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 Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA. Foreign Language 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 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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 BA you can expect to have excellent oral and written language skills and breadth and depth in cultural knowledge. The degree cultivates numerous transferable skills, such as the ability to organise your time and work independently, to think critically and to 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. There is a demand for graduates proficient in several languages, especially the less commonly-taught European languages.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Audit Associate, Deloitte (2013)
  • Translator, Self-employed (2012)
  • Research Associate, Adamson and Partners (2011)
  • 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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

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 interest in literature, film, art and other cultural subjects. Your application must state your chosen main language, and, if decided, your second language.

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 2016


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 which 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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