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Modern Language Plus BA: Spanish and Latin
UCAS Code: RY00
The Modern Language Plus BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one new to you), together with another discipline, such as Film Studies, History of Art, Jewish Studies or Management Studies. You will also spend a year abroad.
- UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
- The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
- UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
- Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.
In your first, second and final years you will take courses in your chosen language and the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to it, as well as courses in your chosen discipline. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which may be from outside your subject area(s), drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
Year three is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university normally with which UCL has an Erasmus or other exchange agreement, working as a British Council Language Assistant or doing a work placement. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence whether or not they started from scratch.
The following combinations of subjects may be studied together (subject to entry requirements):
- Dutch and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Management Studies
- Dutch with Management Studies
- French and English, History of Art, or Philosophy
- German and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Jewish Studies
- German with Management Studies
- Italian and History of Art, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, or Management Studies
- Scandinavian Studies and English, Philosophy, or History of Art
- Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies
- Spanish and History of Art, or Philosophy
- Spanish with Management Studies.
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Science and Society
The final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose.
Your language classes focus on developing active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.
Courses are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.
Students take 4.0 cu every year. Below are the requirements of the Spanish side of your degree. Please consult the Greek and Latin Department for your Latin modules.
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)
- SPAN1001 Spanish Language 1 (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (1.0 course units)
- SPAN1* module (0.5cu)
- ELCS6* intermediate-level module (0.5cu)
Students must choose one 0.5cu intermediate-level ELCS6*** module from either the Spanish side of their degree or the Latin half of their degree in Year 1. Exceptionally, students who wish to take a 0.5cu module in Latin instead of a 0.5cu ELCS6*** module in either their first or second year should ask the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor for written permission to do so during pre-registration.
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)
- SPAN2001 Spanish Language 2 (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (1.0 course units)
A total of 1.0cu from SPAN2* optional modules
A total of 0.5cu from SPAN2* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS6* intermediate-level module
Students must choose
one 0.5cu intermediate-level ELCS module from either the Spanish side of their
degree or the Latin half of their degree in Year 2. They cannot take their ELCS
module from the same side of their degree as in Year 1.
Exceptionally, students who wish to take a 0.5cu module in Latin instead of a 0.5cu ELCS module in either their first or second year should ask the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor for written permission to do so during pre-registration.
- ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5 course units)
- ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5 course units)
- ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)
- SPAN4001 Spanish Language 3 (1.0cu)
Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)
A total of 1.0cu from SPAN4* optional modules
A total of 0.5cu from SPAN4* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS4* advanced-level module.
There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.
Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Senior Auditor, Deloitte (2012)
- Operations Assistant, UBS (2012)
- Projection Director, Museum of Decorative Arts (2012)
- Analyst, KPMG (2011)
- Financial Analyst, JP Morgan (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.
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 makes 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.
When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is essential.