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BA Politics and Italian (RL32)
A-level standard offer: AAB
A-level contextual offer: BBB
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4 year(s) full-time
6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study with daytime weekday teaching and a period of residence abroad.
Part-time: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
£9,250 per year, home students
£22,200 per year, international students
Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
This degree combines politics and international relations with the study of Italian language, art, and culture, which have had a lasting impact on Western civilization. Italian is one of the most studied languages in the world and is spoken worldwide by the Italian diaspora. 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.
Politics is organised around three themes:
- political theory
- comparative and national politics
- international relations.
You will follow a structured language course in Italian, as well as explore Italy's rich history and culture, choosing from a range of options that focus on literature, cinema, thought, politics and visual culture. You will spend your third year abroad in Italy, extending your language skills and cultural knowledge. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.
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, providing a range of options that allow you to pursue your own interests.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one project supervision. Assessments may include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, debates, podcasts, video essays, and dissertations.
Our course will ensure you practice a range of skills, which will make you attractive to future employers in the sector of your choice.
Italian can be studied from beginner’s level and post-A level (or equivalent). All modern languages students have access to our state-of-the-art Multimedia Centre. You can also access extracurricular activities such as talks by visiting speakers, societies, language cafés, student newspapers, and talent shows.
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
AAB including a modern language
A-level contextual offer
BBB including a modern languageFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD 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
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern language
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern languageFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
80% overall, with 8.0 in a modern language
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AB including a modern language, and Standard Higher: AAABB
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 24 credits at Distinction and 21 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, or your application form, to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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