Our Philosophy and Modern Languages BA offers you an exceptionally wide range of modules in both Philosophy and Modern Languages, covering literature, language, film, history, philosophical thought, political and social theory, as well as philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy.
You will find that our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy, which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.
Within the modern languages part of your degree, you can choose to study either French, German, Spanish or Portuguese. Our language modules support all levels of language competence and conform to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the language of your degree, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of its culture and society. Our cultural curriculum is innovative and diverse, covering a range of modules in literature, culture, film studies and history, from the medieval period to the contemporary.
Students can take this course either with an A-level (or equivalent) in the degree language, or as a beginner, following a specially-designed ab initio language course.
• One of the largest and most distinguished Philosophy departments in the country.
• The Department is ranked as one of the top- three UK Philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.
• Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS (2016), 95% of students report being satisfied with our teaching.
• King’s offers an exceptionally wide range of optional modules, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
• Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.
UCAS code R901
Duration 4 years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of French
Department of German
Department of Philosophy
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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Modules are taught by leading academics through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and expert one-to-one supervision. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Teaching is in both English and the language studied, according to the subject area. Our teaching style is interactive; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
You will encounter a variety of methods of summative (for credit) assessments during your studies, including coursework & assessed essays; language assignments (written, oral, aural); individual or group-based presentations; year abroad project work; examinations; and dissertation. You will also have a variety of formative assessments (not for credit) throughout your degree. The feedback you receive will be key to provide guidance and inform the assignments you go on to do subsequently. Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark, although the percentages will depend on your module choices.
You are required to take one module from each of the following groups plus one further module from any of the groups:
Post-A Level French
Ab initio French
Non-native German speakers
Native German speakers
Ab initio German students
Post-A Level Portuguese
Ab initio Portuguese
Post-A Level Spanish
Ab initio Spanish
You will select a further module in the German Department from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:
In your second year, you are required to choose three level 5 modules (15 credits each) from at least two of the following groups, each of which may typically include the following modules:
You are also required to take a further 15 credits from any of the optional level 5 modules in the groups listed above, or choose from a further range of 15 credit, level 6 options which may typically include, but are not limited to:
Women Thinkers in Antiquity & the Middle Ages (15 credits)
You take 30 credits from a range of optional French Department modules, that may typically include:
You are required to take at least one German Department module with pre-modern content from a range, that may typically include:
You will then select further German Department modules to bring your total German credits to 60 for the year from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:
You take 30 credits of Portuguese optional modules in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from a range that may typically include:
You take 30 credits of Spanish optional modules in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from a range that may typically include:
Assessment for this year will depend on whether you choose to split the year between two countries, or spend the entire year in one. It will also depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a university, a language assistant teaching English, or on an approved work placement.
Partner Institutions for the French year abroad currently include:
Partners for the German semester abroad currently include:
Partners for the Portuguese year abroad currently include:
Partners for the Spanish year abroad currently include:
There are no optional modules for Year 3.
Final year students take 60 credits of philosophy modules, at least 45 of which must be at level 6. The range of optional level 6 modules may typically include:
You take 45 credits of French Department optional modules from a range that may typically include:
You take further German Department modules to bring your total German credits to 60 for the year from a range that may typically include:
You take 30 credits of optional Portuguese modules in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from a range that may typically include:
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. 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.
Access to HE Diploma
D: 33 credits
M: 12 credits
P: 0 credits
Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
D3 D3 M2
Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)
D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAB at Highers
AB at Advanced Highers
AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject)
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665.
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If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.
Full time tuition fees International:
The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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.
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By encouraging critical reflection on both the past and the present contexts of the French, German, Portuguese or Spanish -speaking worlds, the programme broadens students’ knowledge base and strengthens their interdisciplinary profile, challenging narrow, monocultural assumptions, thus preparing students for the challenges of multicultural and global realities.
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