BA German and Italian (RR23)

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UCAS code RR23
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
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 applicants accepted for 2015/16 270 overall for Single Honours and Joint Honours language-only courses

About BA German and Italian

Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the United Kingdom forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world.

This Joint Honours degree enables you to develop your understanding of both German and Italian language and culture. Both departments have impressive reputations for teaching and research.

With the closer integration of Europe, the importance of German - the most widely spoken language in the European Union - has never been greater.

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 commercial force globally.

You will divide your third year between Germany and Italy.

There are opportunities to complement your specialism in German and Italian with options including a comparative element.

We have a regular programme of visiting speakers who complement our regular teaching with specialist talks on their research interests.

More about German

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

Course structure

First year

  • German Language
  • Introduction to German Studies
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post A-level: project and optional unit

Second year

  • German Language
  • One to three German optional units, e.g.: Germany and Austria 1918-34, Franz Kafka, Divided Germany, Historical Linguistics, Literature and Politics 1800-1871, Business German, Spotlights on Anglo-German Relations (literature, media, film)
  • Italian Language
  • One to three Italian optional units, eg: 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

  • German Language
  • One to three German optional units, e.g.: Modern Sociolinguistics, Precursors of Modernism, Exiles and Migrants in German Literature, Representing the Holocaust, Constitutional History, German Expressionist Drama, Culture of Classical Weimar
  • Italian Language
  • One to three Italian optional units, e.g.: 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.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for German
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Italian

Typical offer for BA German and Italian - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
ABB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
BTEC offer DDM. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning.*
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% with 8 in German*
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*One language can be studied from beginner level. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with an A-level in one of the languages to be studied at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
no specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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