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Language and Culture BA
UCAS code: R991
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 up to three foreign languages with a focus in a chosen area of cultural studies: cultural history; film studies; history of art; linguistics or literary studies.
- 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.
In your first year, you will take two languages, one of which is nominated as your main language (as specified in your application and offer letter). You also take the Language and Culture Core Course (Language, Culture and Representation) and select further cultural and linguistic courses.
The degree offers a unique flexibility, whereby in your second year you may confirm your initial choice of main language, and either keep your other language as your second language, or drop this and replace it with a further language. Alternatively, you may be able to nominate your second language as your main language for the remainder of your degree (subject to approval and availability).
Your third year is spent in a country where your main language is spoken. In your final year at UCL you continue with your language studies in both your main and second languages, or concentrate on your main language only, and select specialist courses in your chosen cultural field.
You will initially choose two languages (one as a 'major' language, the other as a 'minor' language) from the following wide range of languages taught at UCL:
Ancient Greek; Arabic (may only be studied as a minor language); Danish; Dutch; French; German; Hebrew; Icelandic; Italian; Latin; Norwegian; Russian; Spanish; Swedish; Yiddish; a Central or East European language (Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian) and Portuguese (subject to approval and availability).
Areas of cultural study offered include:
Cultural Studies; Film Studies; History of Art; Linguistics; Literary Studies; Translation.
You will also choose School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which may be from outside your subject area(s). ELCS courses draw on the full range and diversity of expertise and specialisms within the school.
The programme and the first-year core course are run by the Language and Culture BA Programme Tutor. Languages are taught intensively, and you will be trained in speaking, reading, writingand translating in your target languages. Students on this programme develop the interest and ability of learning interdisciplinarity and cultural-based study.
Language courses are normally assessed by coursework, written and oral examinations, and other courses through a combination of written coursework and examinations. During your year abroad, you will prepare a project on a topic of your choice.
Students must take enough modules to total 4 course units (cu) veach year.
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)
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)
- ELCS3001 Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
- ELCS3002 Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
- ELCS3005 Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
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)
|Subjects||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.|
|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|
|Subjects||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.|
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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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 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. 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Translator, Self-employed (2012)
- Research Associate, Adamson and Partners (2011)
- Accounts Executive, DLKW Low (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in Cultural Studies at King's College London (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
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.
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.