BA Liberal Arts (2ZB7)

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UCAS code 2ZB7
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2021 entry only. Fees for 2022 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2021.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BA Liberal Arts

Our rich and challenging liberal arts programme allows you to explore the arts and humanities while building crucial skills in analysis and communication that will be valuable throughout your degree and beyond.

In years one and two you will devote at least a quarter of your studies to your specialist subject pathway, which you will choose from one of the disciplines in the Faculty of Arts.

You will be enrolled on a combination of bespoke core units exploring foundational and interdisciplinary issues in the arts and humanities, which may include the art of writing; the ways history shapes the present – and the present shapes history; and concepts of nature and beauty.

You will also study a language and learn how to work with data. Finally, you will be able to take optional units from the wide range of disciplines offered in the Faculty of Arts.

The final year includes an interdisciplinary dissertation and a unit that provides opportunities for working with organisations outside the University.

You can find more detailed information about units and pathway options via the 'course structure' link below.

If you are interested in the modern languages pathway, we encourage you to enrol on the MLibArts course. This four-year degree includes a year abroad, which will accelerate your language skills and provides an invaluable opportunity to develop your cultural knowledge. If you are unable to go abroad, the three-year degree with a modern languages pathway remains available.

Please note that the English, French, and Music pathways are available only to students who hold an A-level or equivalent qualification in that subject. In order to follow a language pathway, you must hold an A-level or equivalent qualification in any ancient or modern language.

View all our Liberal Arts courses

See a list of all Liberal Arts degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Course structure

Pathways currently include: Anthropology; Archaeology; Classics & Ancient History; English; Film; Historical Studies; French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish; Music; Philosophy; Religion and Theology; and Theatre.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Liberal Arts

Typical offer for BA Liberal Arts - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including an Arts subject and another essay-based subject
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including A in an Arts subject and B in another essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an Arts subject and 6 at Higher Level in another essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an Arts subject and 5 at Higher Level in another essay-based subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Humanities. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in an Arts subject.
Additional written work may be required; please contact the Enquiries team for details.

Mature students are welcome to contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject, with Distinction in specified units, plus A in an Arts subject at A-level
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in one Arts subject and another essay-based subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements 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.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall, with 8.5 in one Arts subject and another essay-based subject
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Arts subjects include: Ancient History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Art & Design (all pathways); Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; English Language and Literature; English Literature; Film; French; German; Greek; History; History of Art; Italian; Latin; Media Studies; Music; Performance; Philosophy; Portuguese; Religious Studies; Russian; Spanish; and Theatre Studies.

Essay-based subjects include: All Arts subjects as above, plus Business Studies; Economics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Government and Politics; Health and Social Care; Law; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; and Welsh.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
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 meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

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

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