BA Politics and Italian (RL32)

2016 entry

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UCAS code RL32
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
Six or seven years with daytime weekday teaching and a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 87
Number of places for 2016/17 12

About BA Politics and Italian

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

Politics is based around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

In Italian, you will study a combination of language and culture units. Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. 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, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge, and gain valuable work experience.

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

More about Politics and International Relations

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

Course structure

First year

  • Two mandatory politics units:
    • Political Concepts
    • Comparative Government and Politics
  • And a choice of one unit from:
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary society and literature units
  • Italian Beginners: extra language work
  • Post-A-level Italian project and optional unit

Second year

  • One remaining core unit in politics
  • Free choice of two 2nd year politics units from a range of options
  • Italian Language
  • Two 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

  • Free choice of three 3rd year politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation
  • Italian Language
  • Two 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 Politics
Further details about the course structure for Italian

Typical offer for BA Politics 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 to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 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, including an essay-based subject*
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% overall 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 C in English and 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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Key information about this course

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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