BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and Portuguese (QR42)

2022 entry

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UCAS code QR42
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
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Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course.

About BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and Portuguese

Our BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures degree offers an unmatched opportunity to study international cultural production in depth and breadth. You will study global literatures and cultures in comparative frameworks that draw on methodologies from textual, cultural and visual studies, as well as from translation, philosophy, history, social science and critical theory. Texts will be read in English translation.

Core units in years one and two currently include: What is Comparative Literature and How Do We Practise It?; Introduction to Visual Cultures; Popular Representation and Institutions of Culture; Migrations of Culture. Additionally, you will have a wide choice of optional units based in the culture of a single language or a combination of cultures.

You will spend your third year in a Portuguese-speaking country, where you will undertake university study, a British Council assistantship or a work placement. You will follow a programme of study in Portuguese, developing linguistic skills to permit you to communicate easily in writing and orally. For more information about the year abroad, visit Global Opportunities.

In year four you will complete an innovative supervised independent project, consisting of an extended essay on a topic of your choice and a public-facing element presented to the entire cohort (e.g. prospectus, interview, museum catalogue entries, newspaper article).

You will be taught by experts in the field and teaching is informed by staff research interests. The course is delivered in varied ways, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and one-to-one supervision. You will participate in small-group teaching and may be asked to give introductory talks to initiate discussion.

This programme encourages attributes highly valued by employers, including intercultural understanding, analytical and critical thinking, clarity and self confidence in communication, an aptitude for collaborative work, and creativity. It will instil the habits of curiosity, openness, rigour, self reflection and evidence-based thinking, preparing you for careers in a variety of sectors.

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Typical offer for BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and Portuguese - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
ABB including a modern language
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBC including 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 mature-students@bristol.ac.uk 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.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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