BA Linguistics degree requirements by LondonGlobal

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									  Degree requirements BA Linguistics
(for students who have begun their degree in 2005 or later)
Rules for progression


• You must have passed 3 CU to progress to year 2.
• You must have passed 7 CU to progress to year 3.
Course levels

• The level of any course at UCL is identified by its
  first digit
   –   1: normal year of study is year 1
   –   2: normal year of study is year 2
   –   3: normal year of study is year 3
   –   7: normal year of study is either year 2 or year 3
• You would normally take
   – 4 CU at level 1 in year 1
   – 3 CU at level 2 in year 2 and a further 1 CU at level 1, 2
     or 7
   – 3 CU at level 3 and a further 1 CU at level 2, 3 or 7
Course types

• Linguistics courses are classified into five areas,
  identified by the second digit in each course code:
  –   0: meaning, i.e. semantics and pragmatics
  –   1: pronunciation, i.e. phonetics and phonology
  –   2: syntax
  –   3: some other part of study
  –   4: dissertation (Long Essay)
  –   5: cognitive science
• The areas 0, 1 and 2 are called the ‘core’ areas of
  Linguistics
The first year

• In the first year, you take 2 introductions in each of
  the ‘core’ areas of Meaning (area 0), Phonetics &
  Phonology (area 1) and Syntax (area 2).
• In addition, you take two general introductions
  called Introduction to Linguistics and Principles of
  Linguistics (area 3).
The 2nd and 3rd year: The 3-3-2 system

• You are obliged to take:
  – 3 core areas in year 1
  – 3 core areas in year 2
  – 2 core areas in year 3 (so you may drop one core area in
    year 3)
• You must identify one core area as your ‘major’ and
  one as your ‘minor’ subject.
  – In your major, you must minimally take 1 CU at level 2
    and 1 CU at level 3.
  – In your minor, you must minimally take a 1.5 CU at level
    2 and 0.5 CU at level 3.
The dissertation


• The Long Essay (PLIN3401) is an obligatory full
  unit in your final year.
• You can think of it as an undergraduate
  dissertation.
• You would normally write the Long Essay in the
  area in which you are majoring.
Options

• There is ample opportunity in year 2 and 3 to
  explore other subjects, if that is what you want, or
  to explore a host of options in Linguistics. You
  must, however, follow these rules as regards level:
  – Options taken in year 2 may be either level 1, level 2 or
    level 7.
  – Options taken in year 3 may be either level 2, level 3 or
    level 7. They may not include any level-1 course, with the
    exception of the Language Centre TEFL course
    (LANE1101).
Degree requirements as regards levels
• In addition to the requirements regarding core
  areas and the dissertation, your choice of courses
  has to comply with two rules relating to course
  level:
  – You must take at least 3 CU at level 3 (in order to be
    awarded a BA Honours degree).
  – You may take only 1 CU at basic level (basic courses are
    at pre-university level; level 1 is the first university level).
• You will generally satisfy the second rule without
  even trying, since there are no basic Linguistics
  courses. So you can only take a basic course as an
  option in another department.
Ways of satisfying the “3 CU at level 3”
requirement

• EITHER:
  – complete PLIN3401 (Long Essay; worth 1 CU)
  – complete 2 level 3 courses for your major subject (1 CU)
  – complete 2 level 3 courses for your minor subject (1 CU)
• OR:
  –   complete PLIN3401 (Long Essay; worth 1 CU)
  –   complete 2 level 3 courses for your major subject (1 CU)
  –   complete 1 level 3 course for your minor subject (0.5 CU)
  –   complete 1 level 3 or level 7 option (0.5 CU)
Overview of the degree

Year 1             Year 2                 Year 3
4 CU at level 1    3 CU at level 2 or 7   3 CU at level 3
                   1 CU at level 1 or 2   1 CU at level 2 or 7
1 CU core area A   1 CU core area A       1 CU core area A
                                          (major)
1 CU core area B   1 CU core area B       1 CU core area B
                                          (minor)
1 CU core area C   1 CU core area C       1 CU dissertation
PLIN1301 and       1 CU options           1 CU options
PLIN1302
Requirements for an Honours degree

• To be awarded an Honours Degree, you must
  – have completed courses to the value of 12 CUs,
    including at least 3 CUs at level 3
  – have passed passed at least 11 CUs, including the Long
    Essay project (PLIN3401)
  – have fulfilled all attendance and coursework
    requirements, submitting all written work prescribed for
    assessment purposes and taking all parts of any
    examination in those courses
Requirements for an Honours degree in
Linguistics

• In order to be awarded a BA degree in Linguistics,
  you must follow the 3-3-2 system degree and
  complete the dissertation.
• If you pass 11 CU but do not satisfy all degree
  requirement, you may be awarded an Honours
  degree in a different field of study.
Degree classification

• An Honours degree is classified on the basis of
  10.5 CU – the best 3 CU from year 1, the best 3.5
  CU from year 2 and all 4 CU from year 3 – the
  results are weighted 1 : 3 : 5 (year 1 : year 2 : year
  3).
• An Honours degree will be graded as
   –   first class (70%)
   –   second class division 1 (60%)
   –   second class division 2 (50%)
   –   or third class (40%)
• The Student Handbook has more details.
Requirements for an Ordinary degree

• You may be awarded an Ordinary degree if you
  have failed to meet the criteria for an Honours
  degree, but
  – you have completed at least 11 CUs
  – you have passed at least 10 CUs
  – and the number of CUs passed at advanced level is not
    less than 2.
Further questions


• If you have any further questions about the
  structure of your BA degree, consult one of these
  people
  – your personal tutor
  – the BA tutor (John Harris)
  – the chair of the BA exam board (Hans van de Koot).

								
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