BA French and Italian (RR13)

2016 entry

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UCAS code RR13
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 1076
Number of places for 2016/17 256

About BA French and Italian

The Joint Honours degree in French and Italian enables you to explore two of the oldest cultures in Mediterranean Europe in depth.

French is the first language of some 90 million speakers around the world, while Francophone countries offer diverse and stimulating cultures for study.

Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force.

Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for our students, as staff respond in their teaching to new research. French at Bristol has particular strengths in the relationship between visual, musical and literary cultures; Italian in modern politics and culture as well as in italy's medieval and Renaissance heritage.

You will divide your third year between a French-speaking country and Italy, undertaking study or work placements.

More about French

Find out more about studying French at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • French Language
  • Reading Literary and Visual Cultures in French
  • Shaping France
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post A-level: project and optional unit

Second year

  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French (for example, Race in France, France 1940-44, Paris 1857-97, The French Novel)
  • Italian Language
  • One to three optional units in Italian (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’s Inferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French (for example, Literature and Political Activism, Francophone Identities in the Visual Arts, The French Renaissance, Around Cubism)
  • Italian Language
  • One to three optional units in Italian (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s).
Further details about the course structure for French
Further details about the course structure for Italian

Typical offer for BA French and Italian

(including international A-levels)
ABB including French
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
BBB including French
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
BTEC DDM plus grade B in A-level French*
SQASH: AABBB and AH: AB including French
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall with 8 in French
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with A-level French at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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Key information about this course

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  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 300 student-run societies and sports clubs. The Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, recently underwent a £30-million renovation.
  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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