BA Philosophy and Italian (RV35)

2016 entry

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UCAS code RV35
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 74
Number of places for 2016/17 13

About BA Philosophy and Italian

This course combines Philosophy with study of Italian. This provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

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. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture.

You will spend your third year abroad, studying or working on the Erasmus+ programme, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge and gain valuable work experience.

In each year you take an equal number of credits in Italian and Philosophy. For Philosophy, you will study units including Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, and Realism and Normativity.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in Philosophy and in Italian culture.

More about Philosophy

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

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Logic
  • An optional unit in Philosophy or open unit
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary Italian society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post-A-level: two culture units

Second year

  • Realism and Normativity
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Italian Language 2
  • Two further 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

  • Extended essay in Philosophy
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Italian Language 3
  • Two further 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 Philosophy
Further details about the course structure for Italian

Typical offer for BA Philosophy and Italian

(including international A-levels)
AAB including a modern language*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including a modern language*
IB Diploma 34 overall with 17 points at Higher level including 5 in a modern language at Higher level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall with 16 points at Higher level including 5 in a modern language at Higher level*
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*
BTEC DDD. All applicants should demonstrate a capacity for language learning.*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
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
EB80% including 8 in a modern language*
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:grade B in Mathematics.
Academic qualifications*Italian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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