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Liberal Arts BA

UCAS code: LP99

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years full-time (a modern languages major is four years, with the third year spent abroad)
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

Our innovative and flexible Liberal Arts BA enables you to create a degree programme that suits your own interests. Select from a wide range of options across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and 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 also have the opportunity to study a language, spend time abroad, and undertake an internship. Major subject options include Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Politics, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Key benefits

  • Choose from 12 majors from across arts, humanities and social sciences - with no mathematics or science requirements
  • You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies. If you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • A flexible and tailored degree with a wide range of optional modules within your major and beyond. No two Liberal Arts students experience exactly the same programme.
  • A strong focus on developing your skills and making you highly employable
  • King's has been researching and teaching Liberal Arts subjects for over 150 years and is amongst the world's leading universities
  • A truly international staff with a wealth of experience in Liberal Arts teaching
  • Unique Lives of London' module which uses the streets and spaces of the city as a laboratory for interdisciplinary learning

Liberal Arts allowed me to pursue my interdisciplinary interests. I have had the opportunity to create my own course structure allowing me to build my own specialization. My modules have ranged from Politics, History, Film and English among the many more that King's offers.

Anoushka, Liberal Arts BA

Course Aims

  • The Liberal Arts BA offers you outstanding flexibility, balancing breadth of knowledge across disciplines with the opportunity for in-depth study in a field of your choice.
  • During each year, your study will be anchored by a distinctive required module. You will then choose from a wide range of optional modules before selecting a major for years two and three, enabling you to tailor the degree to your own interests. In year one, you will also take a foreign language module, delivered by King’s Modern Language Centre; you will then have the opportunity to continue studying at the Modern Language Centre throughout your degree. The academic year is divided into two semesters, and at the beginning of the second semester of your first year you will select a major subject, which will be the main focus of your study in your second and third year. In your second year, we encourage you to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions, and you can also choose to take a credit-bearing internship module. However, if you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty. Throughout your degree, you will have access to an academic advisor on whom you can rely for personal guidance.
  • 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.
  • Choose to develop your own study programme, combining elements from some of the 12 majors on offer. You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional accredited internships

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
For the Music major, A Level Music or Grade 6 Music Theory (through ABRSM examinations or equivalent). In addition, students with these qualifications wishing to pursue Music performance as a formal part of their studies and to receive individual tuition at the Royal Academy of Music will need to hold Grade 8 (ABRSM or equivalent) on their main instrument/voice by the end of their first year of study. There are no subject requirements for all other majors. Second year major subjects are selected after enrolment onto the programme.
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grade A in A Level Music for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABB Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grade A in A-level Music for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 666 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 in Music Higher Level for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

34 points overall and 655 at Higher Level Must include grade 6 in Music Higher Level for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars, including units delivered by one of the world’s most distinguished academics

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and written examination. The nature of the Liberal Arts programme – where students study across a range of departments – means the forms of assessment might differ substantially for each student. With this point in mind, an approximation would be that coursework contributes approximately 70% and examinations approximately 30% to your final mark.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 major subjects. King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Course Aims

  • The Liberal Arts BA offers you outstanding flexibility, balancing breadth of knowledge across disciplines with the opportunity for in-depth study in a field of your choice.
  • During each year, your study will be anchored by a distinctive required module. You will then choose from a wide range of optional modules before selecting a major for years two and three, enabling you to tailor the degree to your own interests. In year one, you will also take a foreign language module, delivered by King’s Modern Language Centre; you will then have the opportunity to continue studying at the Modern Language Centre throughout your degree. The academic year is divided into two semesters, and at the beginning of the second semester of your first year you will select a major subject, which will be the main focus of your study in your second and third year. In your second year, we encourage you to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions, and you can also choose to take a credit-bearing internship module. However, if you choose to major in Modern Languages, you will spend a full-year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, and the length of your course will increase to four years.
  • The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty. Throughout your degree, you will have access to an academic advisor on whom you can rely for personal guidance.
  • 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.
  • Choose to develop your own study programme, combining elements from some of the 12 majors on offer. You'll be able to choose modules from Politics, Digital Culture, English, Film Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or Portuguese), Music, Philosophy, Classical & Hellenic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theology & Religious Studies.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional accredited internships

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
For the Music major, A Level Music or Grade 6 Music Theory (through ABRSM examinations or equivalent). In addition, students with these qualifications wishing to pursue Music performance as a formal part of their studies and to receive individual tuition at the Royal Academy of Music will need to hold Grade 8 (ABRSM or equivalent) on their main instrument/voice by the end of their first year of study. There are no subject requirements for all other majors. Second year major subjects are selected after enrolment onto the programme.
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grade A in A Level Music for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABB Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grade A in A-level Music for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 666 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 in Music Higher Level for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

34 points overall and 655 at Higher Level Must include grade 6 in Music Higher Level for applicants wishing to pursue a Music major. See 'Required subjects'. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

The Liberal Arts BA is interdisciplinary, providing you with a wide choice of modules from across our Arts & Humanities Faculty and from selected subjects in the Social Science & Public Policy Faculty.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. Most of your modules will be taught through lectures and seminars, including units delivered by one of the world’s most distinguished academics

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and written examination. The nature of the Liberal Arts programme – where students study across a range of departments – means the forms of assessment might differ substantially for each student. With this point in mind, an approximation would be that coursework contributes approximately 70% and examinations approximately 30% to your final mark.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 major subjects. King’s careers service offers an extensive programme of support to enhance your employability.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A Liberal Arts BA opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years full-time (a modern languages major is four years, with the third year spent abroad)
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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