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King’s has been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years, and is amongst the world’s leading universities. This innovative and flexible degree programme enables you to tailor your degree from a wide range of options in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. You will gain a wide-ranging qualification that will enhance your employability and provide an ideal platform for work or postgraduate study. You will study a combination of required and optional modules, and choose a subject in which you will major. You will have further opportunities to study a language, spend time abroad, and undertake an internship.
We have been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years and are amongst the world's leading universities.
Draws on the full range of King's exciting heritage in Arts and Humanities.
A flexible degree, which is also focused on making you highly employable.
An interdisciplinary focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences, with no mathematics or science requirements.
A truly international staff with a wealth of experience in liberal arts teaching.
Course delivered at Strand Camus in the heart of London, one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, within easy reach of numerous cultural and political institutions.
UCAS code LP99
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Liberal Arts
The following majors require a grade A at A-level (or equivalent) in the relevant language: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese. For the Music major, a grade A at A-level Music (or equivalent). There are no subject requirements for all other majors. Second year major subjects are selected after enrolment onto the programme.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels: AAA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major : see 'Compulsory subjects'
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. See also guidance under 'Compulsory Subjects'
Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 D3 including D3 in any relevant subject for chosen major (see 'compulsory subjects').
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major : see 'Compulsory subjects'
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major : see 'Compulsory subjects'
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in any compulsory subjects for your choice of Major : see 'Compulsory subjects'
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including A at Advanced Higher in any subject required for your chosen Major (see 'compulsory subjects'). Note, we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
International Baccalaureate: 35 points and HL 666 including HL6 in relevant subject for chosen major (see 'Compulsory subjects').
We are looking for intellectually curious and open-minded students who relish the opportunity of studying with some of the world's most distinguished academics. You must be of the highest intellectual calibre, and we are looking for a commitment to embrace the challenge of a truly cosmopolitan education.
For further information about this, please visit our website.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017.
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
The BA Liberal Arts is interdisciplinary, innovative, and flexible, yet strongly grounded in the expert research-centred teaching School of Arts and Humanities.
Anchored by a distinctive core module in each year, you will study a broad range of options in the first year, before choosing a major for years two and three, which enables you to tailor the programme to your own interests. You are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions in over 30 countries, and can take a credit-bearing internship module (2nd Year only). You will study a modern language in year one, and have the opportunity to carry that on throughout the degree.
The programme is interdisciplinary, and involves a wide degree of module choice from across the Arts and Humanities. You will have an academic mentor throughout your degree, on whom you can rely for personal guidance. Most of your classes will be taught in lectures and seminars, by some of the world’s most distinguished academics.
The BA Liberal Arts is designed to develop you into both an informed global citizen, and an attractive prospect for employers. The degree offers you outstanding flexibility in your studies, balancing breadth of knowledge across disciplines with depth of learning in a preferred field. You will be assessed using a variety of methods - coursework essays, examinations and, in your third year, an extended research project.
King’s is at the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, within easy reach of numerous cultural and political institutions which will enrich and shape your experience of university life. You will have access to the outstanding collections and research facilities in the Maughan and Senate House Libraries, as well as the educational, social and sporting opportunities provided by the College and the University of London.
In addition to the core module, you will study a range of optional modules drawn from across the Faculty's diverse departments, designed to introduce you to the disciplines in which you can major during your second and final years. All students also study a first year language module, which can be taken from across the wide range of languages offered by the Faculty.
You will study a compulsory first-year foreign language module, which can be selected from a range of modules (excluding linguistics) offered by the Modern Language Centre (MLC) here at King’s. Introductory Latin is also available, as well as a specific Portuguese Language for Liberal Arts module for students who wish to major in Portuguese.
In addition to the required module, you will study a range of optional modules drawn from across the Faculty's diverse departments. You will take modules totalling 75 credits from a set list designed to give a broad introduction to academic study, and prepare you to study a subject in more depth in years two and three. Optional modules may include:
In your second year, you choose a major subject from the wide range offered in the Faculty, and this forms roughly 50% of your programme in years two and three. You will study optional modules in the major you choose.
In addition to your major options, you will have a choice of an extensive range of modules from across the Faculty, including the chance to continue studying a language. These options will vary year on year as modules are linked to the research interests of staff which may change. If you accumulate enough credits in a particular subject this will be recognised on your transcript as a minor. You can also take an internship module, in which you will be supported in the process of locating an internship, and write a report which will give you credit towards your degree.
You will have the chance to spend the second semester of year two at one of the College's global partner institutions, which include the National University of Singapore (NUS), Hong Kong University (HKU), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the New School (New York City), and a number of European Universities such as the Humboldt University in Berlin.
In your first year, you will choose a subject major from the wide range offered in the Faculty, and this will form roughly 50% of your programme in years two and three. You will study optional modules in the major you choose. Majors may include:
In addition to your required module and your choice of major, you will also choose optional modules from an extensive range, including the chance to continue studying a language. The range of optional modules is linked to the research interests of staff and therefore subject to change.
If you accumulate enough credits in a particular subject this will be recognised on your transcript as a minor.
You can also take an internship module. We will support you in locating an internship, and you will write a report that will earn you credit towards your degree.
Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
In your third year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits. You will continue to study major and non-major options, and work on an individual research project as part of the required module.
You will continue to study your major and this will account for half of your credits. In addition, you will choose from a range of optional modules, usually on subjects you have studied in years one and two.
The following departments will offer modules for major and non-major study:
We are constantly reviewing our provision, and this list may grow or be amended in future. Please refer to the department website for further details.
A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government, journalism and law. It will also provide you with an ideal grounding for graduate work in the wide range of liberal arts subjects.
King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.
Further information coming soon.
"This interdisciplinary approach appealed to me greatly and a typical day for me ranges from learning about the archaeology of Ancient Rome, to the study of Queen Elizabeth in History and questioning the approach of Marxism in Politics."
"Boasting a fantastic staff set it encourages interactive study with London through the core module Lives of London that actually takes you out into the city to understand the environment we live in culturally and historically."
"The demanding interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree is a course consisting of both depth and breadth, ideally suited to those like me who have a wide range of academic interests."
Whether it be learning about 19th Century British politics, immigrant literature in 20th Century London or brushing up on my German language skills, the liberal arts course at King’s has challenged and enhanced the way in which I view and appreciate education.
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The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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