Language and Culture BA
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.
- You 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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 course units (cu) each, adding up to a total of 4.0 course units for the year. The range of modules available to students varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 cu is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
ELCS modules are interdepartmental humanities based modules which complement those followed in language-specific departments and are open to students from all SELCS language departments. The range of topics typically includes literature, film linguistics and history with a predominantly European focus.
Core compulsory modules in your main language and in your minor language as well as the Language, Culture and Representation core module.
Choose from a range of first-year cultural, literature, history, film or linguistic modules from your main language department.
Choose from a range of first-year ELCS modules.
Core compulsory modules in your chosen languages. You may choose to continue your main language or switch your minor and major languages subject to availability and approval.
Choose from a range of intermediate cultural, literature, history, film or linguistic modules from your main language department.
Choose a combination from a range of intermediate modules in culture, literature, history, film and linguistics from your language departments or ELCS modules and the specialist Language and Culture module.
Your Year Abroad is spent in a country where your main language is spoken.
Core compulsory advanced modules in your main language.
Choose a combination from a range of cultural, literature, history, film and linguistics advanced modules from your language department, advanced language modules or advanced ELCS modules as well as the optional Language and Culture dissertation.
- Foreign language required to include the following if studied as the main language: French 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: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- 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 or Spanish at grade 6.
International Applicants and Alternative UK Qualifications
For entry requirements with international and other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, please see the entry requirements on the Prospective Student website.
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: 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.
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.
These entrance requirements refer to the September 2018 intake, and may be subject to revision for 2019. This page will be updated in September 2018 with subject-specific entrance requirements for students planning to commence their degrees in September 2019.
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.
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Application and next steps
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.