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BA Liberal Arts (2ZB7)
A-level standard offer: AAA
A-level contextual offer: ABB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Our rich and challenging three-year BA Liberal Arts course allows you to explore the arts and humanities while building crucial skills in analysis and communication that will be valuable throughout your degree and beyond.
In years one and two, you will devote at least a quarter of your studies to your specialist subject pathway, which you will select from the disciplines on offer in the Faculty of Arts (for instance, your pathway might be Philosophy). You will be enrolled on a combination of bespoke core units exploring foundational and interdisciplinary issues in the arts and humanities, which may include the art of writing, the ways history shapes the present – and the present shapes history, and concepts of nature and beauty. Additionally, you will study a language and learn how to work with data. You will also be able to take optional units from the wide range of disciplines offered in the Faculty of Arts.
In the final year, you will research and write an interdisciplinary dissertation and take your final pathway and optional units. You'll also participate in our capstone unit, which helps you understand the professional value of your degree, encourages you to think like a global citizen, and includes opportunities for working with organisations outside the university.
You can find more detailed information about units and pathway options via the 'course structure' link below.
If you are interested in the modern languages pathway, we strongly encourage you to enrol on the MLibArts course. This four-year degree includes a year abroad, which will accelerate your language skills and provides an invaluable opportunity to develop your cultural knowledge. If you are unable to go abroad, the three-year degree with a modern languages pathway remains available.
Please note that the English, History and Music pathways are available only to students who hold an A-level or equivalent qualification in that subject. For English, this must be English Literature or English Language & Literature.
In order to follow a language pathway, you must hold an A-level or equivalent qualification in any ancient or modern language.
Pathways currently include: Anthropology; Archaeology; Classics and Ancient History; English; Film; History; History of Art; French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish; Music; Philosophy; Religion and Theology; and Theatre.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
A-level contextual offer
ABBFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in any essay-based Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended DiplomaFind out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher LevelFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 7.5 overall with 7.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade B or 6
- An alternative English Language Profile A qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- For most candidates, we will only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.
- Full information about our selection processes for this course:
- Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement: