2023 entry (view 2022 entry)
BA Modern Languages (R900)
A-level standard offer: ABB
A-level contextual offer: BBC
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the UK forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world. With our dedicated teaching staff and our state-of-the-art Multimedia Centre, we offer an outstanding environment in which to study modern languages and develop a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the globalised workplace.
We offer a flexible degree in which you can choose to study one, two, or three modern European languages. If you are studying one or two languages, you may also have the option to begin Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin as a non-degree language.
In the first year, you gain an introduction to the culture and history of the countries in which your language(s) are spoken. In subsequent years, you choose from a range of units, which may include literature, linguistics, film and visual culture, history, politics, and gender studies.
You will spend the third year abroad and you can split your year between different countries, according to the languages you study. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.
The course ensures that you gain transferable skills such as different types of writing, presentation skills, and team work. Assessments may include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, podcasts, video essays, and dissertations.
Our programmes encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff incorporate new research into their classes.
French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. These languages are available at beginner level and post-A level (or equivalent). Your degree title will indicate the language, e.g. BA French.
Choose from French, German, Italian, Portuguese (for beginners only), Russian, and Spanish. One of your languages must be at post-A level (or equivalent). Your degree title will list both languages, e.g. BA German and Russian.
Choose from French, German, Italian, Portuguese (for beginners only), Russian, and Spanish. Two of your languages must be at post-A level (or equivalent). Your degree title will be BA Three Modern Languages.
If you study Spanish and Portuguese, you can add Catalan in the second year for a degree called BA Hispanic Studies.
Language choices are made after you accept an offer to study with us. You can request to change your combination at the beginning of the first year.
The school hosts extracurricular activities such as talks, societies, language cafés, student newspapers, and talent shows.
The link below takes you to our Programme Catalogue. To view relevant units, search by typing in your chosen language preceded by an asterisk.
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
ABB including a modern language
A-level contextual offer
BBC including a B in a modern languageFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDM in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, AND B in a modern language A-level (or equivalent)Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern language
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern languageFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
77% overall with 8.0 in a modern language
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AB including a modern language, and Standard Higher: AABBB
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 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit or above. Plus proven capacity for language learning, usually through a B at A-level in a modern language.
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:
- 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other skills
- GCSE English Language grade B or 6
- An alternative English Language Profile B qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
- 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: