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Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc

This exciting four-year programme provides great flexibility and choice, offering an interdisciplinary approach incorporating both arts and sciences specialisms with the opportunity to learn a foreign language and spend a year at a university abroad. Students create a bespoke programme and study innovative modules to enhance the link between disciplines.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Y001
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Major pathway requirements: Cultures : at least one essay-based arts/humanities subject Societies: at least one social sciences or essay-based arts/humanities 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: www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/application/alevels
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

Contextual offer

Grades
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Major pathway requirements: Cultures : at least one essay-based arts/humanities subject Societies: at least one social sciences or essay-based arts/humanities subject; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science; Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

IB Diploma

Points
39
Subjects
A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects. Major pathway requirements: Cultures at least one HL from Groups 1, 2 or 6; Societies: at least one HL from Group 1, 2, 3 or 6; Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5; 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.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects. Major pathway requirements: Cultures at least one HL from Groups 1, 2 or 6; Societies: at least one HL from Group 1, 2, 3 or 6; Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5; 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.

Additional tests

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:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. 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.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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.

Degree benefits

  • UCL's Arts and Sciences programmes allow you to create a bespoke programme, incorporating both arts and science specialisms.

  • Responding to increased demand from employers for outstanding graduates with cross-disciplinary experience, these degrees will equip you with knowledge, skills and insight across arts and sciences subjects.

  • You will spend your third year of study abroad at an approved university—either in an English-speaking country or in a country where your chosen foreign language is spoken.

  • Core modules will enhance your understanding of how different branches of knowledge interrelate. You will also develop your language skills and undertake an internship, giving you the chance to explore future employment options.

Degree structure

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 and an interdisciplinary Core. 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 and science subjects.

You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree and may gain work experience through an internship chosen to integrate your studies with your future aspirations.

Possible internships include businesses, non-government organisations and voluntary organisations. Our students have achieved internships with, for example, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Norton Rose Fulbright, the UN, Reuters, the Wellcome Trust, Horniman Museum and Gardens and many other organisations and businesses.

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, Synthetic Biology

Sciences and Engineering (Sciences): Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.  
Covid-19 study abroad updates
For this academic year, if you were due to study abroad, you should have been contacted by your department with more information. Further guidance can be found on FAQs for 20/21 Study Abroad students about coronavirus (COVID-19).    If you are planning to study abroad in 2021/22, UCL and your department will be in contact with you at the start of the upcoming academic year with information on the application process.      If you plan to study abroad in future years, UCL and your department will provide relevant information and guidance nearer to the time.   

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Thinking
Language

Pathways

Cultures
Health and Environment
Sciences and Engineering
Societies

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 ensures that you study a mix of arts and sciences modules throughout the programme.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Interdisciplinary Elective
Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections
Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation
Qualitative Thinking: Research Methods in Cultural Analysis
Language

Pathways

You will choose your remaining optional modules from your major pathway and your minor pathway. 

Core or compulsory module(s)

You will spend your third year abroad at an approved partner university. Options are currently available in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the USA.

Core or compulsory module(s)

The Knowledge Economy (team based consultancy project)
Dissertation
Language

Pathways

You will choose your remaining optional modules from your major pathway and your minor pathway. 


Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

Your learning

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.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Assessment

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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc.

Careers

On graduation, you will have at least two academic specialisms, strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a range of fields.

The Arts and Sciences programmes are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of contemporary careers and research.

Arts and Sciences graduates have been 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 techonology, global politics, law, management science, modern culture (literature), paelaeobiology and sociology.

UCL is commited 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£23,290 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Your application should provide evidence that you are: prepared for critical enquiry and in-depth academic work across a broad intellectual spectrum; interested in engaging in wider societal, cultural and global issues; interested in careers involving leadership, social entrepreneurship and intercultural exchange; prepared to think critically and creatively to seek new connections between types of knowledge; and interested in combining non-standard areas of study in your degree.

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 2020



Selection

We recognise you may not be able to write a personal statement which reflects your interest in this programme and your other UCAS choices. This will not adversely affect your application. If your application demonstrates your eligibility, we will email you and ask you to complete a questionnaire.

If you are not offering a mix of arts/humanities/social science and science/maths subjects at A Level or equivalent and meet the minimum entry requirements, you will also be required to take a test in the subject area you're missing. If you do not have a science/maths A Level, you will take a test in maths, chemistry or biology or if you do not have an art/humanities/social sciences A Level, you will be set a timed essay and/or comprehension on a general subject in the humanities/social sciences.

On your UCAS application you must indicate your choice of major pathway in the 'Further Details' box.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


Page last modified on 24 February 2020