BA Modern Languages (R900)

2022 entry

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UCAS code R900
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £21,100 per year
  • International students: £21,100 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, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BA Modern Languages

Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the UK forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world. With our dedicated teaching staff and our state-of-the-art Multimedia Centre, we offer an outstanding environment in which to study modern languages.

We offer a flexible degree in which you can choose to study one, two, or three modern European languages. If you are studying one or two languages, you may have the option in the second year to begin Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, or an additional European language.

In the first year, you gain an introduction to the culture and history of the countries in which your languages are spoken. In subsequent years, you choose from a range of units. Units may include literature, linguistics, film and visual culture, gender studies and political and social history. You can also access extracurricular activities such as talks by visiting speakers, societies, language cafés, student newspapers, and talent shows.

You will spend the third year abroad as a teaching assistant, as a student at a partner university, or on a work placement. You can split your year between different countries, according to the languages you study.

The course ensures that you gain transferable skills such as different types of writing (including non-academic genres such as blogs or newspaper articles), presentation skills (including podcasts or video essays), and group work, which will be attractive to future employers. 

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

Course structure

Course options:
One language
French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. These languages are available at beginner level and post-A level. Your degree title will indicate the language, e.g. BA French
Two languages
Choose from French, German, Italian, Portuguese (for beginners only), Russian, and Spanish. You can study one language at beginner level. Your degree title will list both languages, e.g. BA German and Russian
Three languages
Choose from French, German, Italian, Portuguese (for beginners only), Russian, and Spanish. One of these languages can be studied at beginner level. Your degree title will be BA Three Modern Languages

If you study Spanish and Portuguese, you have the option of adding Catalan in the second year for a degree called BA Hispanic Studies.

We will ask for your language choices after you accept our offer. You can request to change your combination at the beginning of your first year.

The link below takes you to the Programme Catalogue for all course/language combinations in the School of Modern Languages.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Modern Languages

Typical offer for BA Modern Languages - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
ABB including a modern language
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBC including a B in a modern language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a modern language
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, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit or above. Plus proven capacity for language learning, usually through a B at A-level in a modern language.

Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDM in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, AND B in a modern language A-level (or equivalent)
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including a modern language, and Standard Higher: AABBB
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 offer77% overall with 8.0 in a modern language
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

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 B
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For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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