University College London
French and Portuguese BA (Hons)
University College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The four-year BA French and Portuguese is a joint honours programme split equally between your two languages. You will take modules not only in language (speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation) but also in cultural topics including literature, history, film, linguistics, politics and other relevant field designed to complement your language learning. With a wide variety of modules on offer, you will be able to tailor your modern languages degree to your areas of interest. You will spend a Year Abroad in the third year, split between two countries where your languages are spoken.

UCL has a renowned tradition in both teaching and research in French studies dating back to the foundation of the College in 1826 and continuing to the present day. The department today is at the cutting edge of current debates in French literature, culture, politics and film and is consistently ranked among the best in the world. As well as language, you can study modules in film, history, literature, politics, music and culture, from medieval through to current day.

Portuguese is taught in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at UCL, allowing the study of Portuguese language and culture beyond Europe, with expertise ranging from Renaissance Portugal to Modernist Brazil and Lusophone Africa. Modules will include the study of literature, history and film.

UCL Is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages in the 2018 QS World Rankings and offers outstanding opportunities to language students and graduates.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 43 graduates of French and Portuguese BA (Hons) at University College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Portuguese Language.

Overall student satisfaction
67 /100
43 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

Salary

Salary of Graduates of French and Portuguese BA (Hons) at University College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of French and Portuguese BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £26500 £33000
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £32000 £22500 - £34500 £25000 - £45000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Portuguese Language

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23673 £23872 £27434
25-75 percentile range £20132 - £27214 £18234 - £30942 £20710 - £36698

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of French and Portuguese, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of French and Portuguese BA (Hons) at University College London

40% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Teaching Professionals
15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
10% Media Professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Customer service occupations
5% Elementary occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

French required at grade A. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 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.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). French grade A required at Advanced Higher.

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. French grade A is required.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. French D3 required.

English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • UPSCE
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join French and Portuguese, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University College London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees French and Portuguese BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £23300 year 1
International £23300 year 1

Additional fee information

For information about tuition fees please visit or dedicated webpage for more details: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/fees-and-funding. The fees indicated above are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. Fees will be higher for those commencing study in the academic year 2022/23 or later. UCL reserves the right to increase its UK fees in line with the government policy including on and annual basis for each year of study during a programme. Overseas fees are fixed at the rate of entry, so the published fees will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University College London in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #8 
    • #9 
    Modern Languages & Linguistics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]

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About University College London

University College London, otherwise known as UCL, is a government funded research university based in metropolitan London, England. It’s a university that puts emphasis on investigative research and the teaching of critical thinking skills for its alumni. The university has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of the populous London Borough of Camden, in Central London, where students can enjoy its large parks and open spaces in their free time.

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