Arts and Sciences BASc
This exciting three-year interdisciplinary programme linking the arts, social sciences and sciences provides great flexibility and choice across the breadth of UCL's teaching expertise, offering the range and depth of knowledge needed to thrive in our global society. Students create a programme incorporating both arts and sciences subjects, and study innovative modules to enhance the link between disciplines.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- Major pathway requirements: Cultures: at least one essay-based arts/humanities subject Societies: at least one social sciences subject; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science. Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science.
- For more information about A level subject classification, see the BASc website at: Preferred A levels
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- AAB (more about contextual offers)
- Major pathway requirements: Cultures: at least one essay-based arts/humanities subject Societies: at least one social sciences subject; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science; Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects. Major pathway requirements: Cultures at least one higher level from groups 1, 2 or 6; Societies: at least one higher level from group 3; Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level; Health and Environment: to include higher level Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 3, 4 or 5.
- 36 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects. Major pathway requirements: Cultures at least one higher level from groups 1, 2 or 6; Societies: at least one higher level from 3; Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level; Health and Environment: to include higher level Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 3, 4 or 5.
Eligible applicants will be required to undertake an entrance selection assessment. A student with three arts/humanities/social sciences subjects must take the compulsory maths or science question in the BASc entrance selection assessment in order to be able to major in Cultures/Societies – and vice versa for the sciences.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.
D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Please see A levels for subject requirements.
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Please see A levels for subject requirements.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*AA. Please see A levels for subject requirements.
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 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: 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.
UCL's Arts and Sciences programmes allow you to create a programme, incorporating arts, social sciences and science specialisms.
The degree responds to increased demand from employers for outstanding graduates with cross-disciplinary experience, these degrees will equip you with knowledge, skills and insight across arts, social sciences and sciences subjects.
Core modules will enhance your understanding of how different branches of knowledge interrelate. You may also undertake an internship, giving you the chance to explore future employment options.
You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree, chosen from the wide range offered at UCL.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The programme offers a wide combination of specialist modules from across UCL and an interdisciplinary Core taught by the BASc department. The Core modules enable you to acquire the skills and concepts you will need to work effectively across multiple disciplines. They link traditional UCL subjects in new ways, and explore the conceptual and methodological differences between arts, social science and science subjects.
You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree and you can also undertake an internship, giving you the chance to integrate your studies with your future employment aspirations.
Possible internships include businesses, non-governmental organisations and charities. Our students have had internships with a wide range of employers including: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Amazon, Blackrock, the Ditchley Foundation, the Zoological Society of London and many more.
You will choose a major and a minor pathway on application. Your pathways determine the subjects in which you will specialise. We offer two arts pathways and two sciences pathways.
Cultures (Humanities and Arts): Anthropology, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Design and Visualisation, Drawing Methodology, Film and Documentary Film-Making, History, History of Art, Languages, Literature, Philosophy
Societies (Social Sciences): Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Management, Philosophy, Political Economy, Politics, Sociology
Health and Environment (Sciences): Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Psychology
Sciences and Engineering (Sciences): Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BASc (Hons) in your chosen Arts and Sciences pathway.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity
- Interdisciplinary Research Methods
- Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Thinking
- Health and Environment
- Sciences and Engineering
You will choose three optional modules from your major pathway and one optional module from your minor pathway. Students choosing Cultures or Societies as their major must choose Health and Environment or Sciences and Engineering as their minor pathway, and vice versa. This will ensure that you study a mix of arts and sciences modules throughout the programme.
- Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections
- Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation
- Qualitative Thinking: Research Methods in Cultural Analysis
- Interdisciplinary Elective
- And, Language.
You will choose your remaining modules from your major pathway and your minor pathway. This will either be a 4:1 split between your major and minor, a 3:2 split between your major and minor or a 3:1 split between your major and minor.
- The Knowledge Economy: Consultancy and Research Project
You will choose your remaining modules from your major pathway and your minor pathway. This will either be a 2:2 split between your major and minor or a 3:1 split between your major and minor.
You will be exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive groups and multimedia projects. Core modules will be taken alongside your fellow BASc students. Modules relating to your pathway subjects will be taught by specialist staff from across UCL and will provide you with an opportunity to learn alongside students on other programmes.
Due to the wide range of modules that may be taken by BASc students, there is not a typical timetable for a BASc student. Science majors typically receive more contact hours because of lab requirements. Arts (including social science) majors typically have fewer contact hours but are required to undertake more reading outside of the class. These may vary depending on modules chosen. On all pathways you would be expected to spend 40 hours a week in full-time study, which is made up of a mixture of contact hours and self-directed study.
Both your pathway subjects and the language component will be assessed by written examinations and essays. Project work and a dissertation will contribute to your overall assessment. You will be required to give presentations, work on group projects and multimedia projects and participate in assessed debates.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Arts and Sciences BASc.
On graduation, you will have at least two academic specialisms, strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and creatively across a range of fields. Over 93% of BASc graduates were in graduate level employment or higher study six months after graduation.
The Arts and Sciences programmes are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of contemporary careers and research.
Arts and Sciences graduates have become employed in investment banking (American Express, Goldman Sachs), the civil service (Treasury), law (Norton Rose), actuarial work (Towers Watson) and gone on to further Master's and PhD study in subjects including environmental technology, global politics, law, management science, modern culture (literature), paelaeobiology and sociology.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“The Arts and Sciences BASc is a unique programme in the UK that allows access and flexibility in learning which was very important to me as a student. As I could tailor my education and study in the multicultural centre of London, UCL was undoubtedly the best place for me to study.”Zohra Hasham - Arts and Sciences BASc 2015
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £25,800 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
You may incur additional costs for materials for modules taken within the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Slade School of Fine Art. It is estimated this would be up to £100 per module taken in either of those departments.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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