BA Politics and Italian (RL32)

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UCAS code RL32
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £16,500 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
with daytime weekday teaching and a period of residence abroad
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 20 overall for all Politics and a modern language Joint Honours courses

About BA Politics and Italian

This course combines Politics and International Relations with the study of Italian. This provides a valuable skill set ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals. Both the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and the School of Modern Languages, have an impressive reputation for teaching and research.

Politics is organised around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

In Italian you will study a combination of language and culture units. Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. Today, Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major, global commercial force. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension apparent throughout its history and culture.

You will spend your third year abroad, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge and gain valuable work experience. For further details on year abroad opportunities, please see Global Opportunities.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in politics and in Italian culture. Both schools encourage strong synergy between research and teaching resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond in their teaching to new research. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

More about Politics and International Relations

Find out more about studying Politics and International Relations and Italian at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Italian Language
  • Modern Italy
  • Italian Beginners: extra language work
  • Post-A-level Italian: additional Italian cultural unit

Second year

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Free choice of two second-year Politics units from a range of options
  • Italian language
  • Two optional units in Italian culture. Examples include: Destination Italy: Cultural Responses to Migration; Dante’s Inferno; Renaissance Women; Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change; Sport, History and Culture in Modern Italy; Italian Memories of the Second World War

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Free choice of three third-year politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional units in Italian culture. Examples include: The Culture of Fascism; Naples: Culture, Identity and Nation; Dante; Desire in Medieval and Renaissance Culture; The Renaissance Book; Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics and Italian

Typical offer for BA Politics and Italian - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAB including B in a modern language
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including B in a modern language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall including 17 points at Higher Level, with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall including 15 at Higher Level, with 5 at Higher Level in a modern language
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject. Demonstrate proven capacity for language learning, usually through a grade B at A-level in a modern foreign language
BTEC offer DDD All applicants should demonstrate a capacity for language learning.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall including 8 in a modern language
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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