In the second and final year of your degree, any module within UCL is open to you, so long as the choice is consistent with your Pathway objectives, and subject to the following important constraints:
- You meet the prerequisites for a module, e.g. you could not do Level 5 modules in History of Art without having passed a relevant Level 4 History of Art module. Please note that although we aim to prepare you for a very wide range of choices in each department, there may be some modules at Levels 5 and 6 which are not available to you because you may not be able to take all of the required prerequisites.
- The modules chosen fit in with the other modules on your timetable. You are expected to attend all scheduled classes for your chosen modules.
- You are fulfilling the degree requirement of taking at least one ‘science’ or ‘quantitative’ module each year and at least one ‘non-science’ and ‘non-quantitative’ module each year. (Note that some modules in the Core are science / quantitative, so if you are taking one of these modules each year in the Core, this would fulfil this part of the degree requirement).
- Your Personal Tutor approves the choice of modules. This is to ensure that you work towards a coherent selection of modules which complement each other and which allow for your best academic progression.
- The class has sufficient space to accept you.
- You have checked the 'Selecting your modules' page to ensure that a module provided by a department other than the BASc department is open to external students.
It is your responsibility to engage with the module selection process. We cannot guarantee your acceptance onto your first choice pathway modules but early engagement with module selection maximises your chances of success. You will be informed as soon as possible if you are rejected from any of your first choice modules and advised to select an alternative. In exceptional cases, if no suitable alternative is available from within UCL, you may be able to find an appropriate module at one of the other University of London colleges. If you have any problems with module selection you should contact your Personal Tutor and Angela Vaughn, the Departmental Administrator, for support.
With the help of your Personal Tutor, you can consider other UCL courses that are related to your major and / or minor field. It is also possible in your second and final year to take a module from another pathway under your major or minor, providing there is a legitimate academic reason to do so and your Personal Tutor agrees to it. For example, a Societies major may want to take an ELCS module (available under Cultures) because the topic fits in with or is complementary to the rest of their pathway choices.
Undergraduate modules at UCL are classified as Level 4, 5 and 6. Students are required to advance the level of their units as they progress throughout their degree as you must demonstrate progression into depth of study to show that you have reached Level 6 in a given set of subjects. You can check the level of a module on Portico in the 'Module Directory' in the 'Module Registration' box.
It is possible to take a Level 4 module in Year 2 or a Level 5 module in your final year, providing there is a sound academic reason to do so, e.g. your Personal Tutor agrees that by taking a particular Level 4 module in your second year, you will be able to progress in that area in your final year. Your Personal Tutor will not approve a set of course choices if they believe that you are taking Level 4 or 5 modules to get easy marks and not for logical progression reasons. If you choose to do this, you should be aware that you may not be able to take a particular subject in your final year because you will not have completed the Level 5 module by the end of Year 2.
It is not possible to take a Level 4 module in your final year under any circumstances. We would also not expect finalists to be taking more than one 15 credit Level 5 module, unless their chosen module is only available as a 30 credits module, e.g. those offered by the English and Law departments.
Level 6 modules taken in years 1 or 2 will be counted in the 90 credits required to graduate with an Honours degree, so if you started your language at Level 6 in your first year, you would already have 30 credits of the 90 credits required. We would, however, still expect that at least 105 credits of your final year modules are at Level 6.
If you choose to take a Level 6 module in your first or second year (e.g. a language course), it carries no more 'weight' than a Level 4 or 5 module and will have the standard weighting for Year 1 / Year 2 (see pages 28-29 for an explanation of the weightings). You can take a Level 6 language course in your first year if your ability in your chosen language is already strong.