BA Music and French (WR31)

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UCAS code WR31
Application method Full time: UCAS
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 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: £24,700 per year
  • International students: £24,700 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

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

About BA Music and French

This joint honours degree combines a full course in music with the study of French language, literature and culture.

Music offers a broad range of units in musicology, composition and performance across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses and performances in the department and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department is exceptionally friendly and welcoming and staff run ensembles and perform with students.

French is the first language of some 90 million speakers around the world. Francophone countries offer diverse and stimulating cultures for study and the importance of French in European business and diplomacy makes knowledge of the language and associated culture both necessary and rewarding. 

You will spend your third year abroad in a French-speaking environment, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, as well as stimulating performance opportunities in music, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for students as staff respond in their teaching to new research. Our courses offer an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

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

Course structure

This joint degree provides a wide range of units that allows you to pursue your own interests in both fields.

In your first year you will take 60 credits in each department, and in years two and four you can specialise in one subject (80 credits in one and 40 in the other). You will have access to the School of Modern Languages' state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

In year one music harmony and analysis are compulsory, in addition to which you have a choice of composition, performance or another history unit. Second and fourth years allow even more choice and your third year is spent abroad. 

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Music and French

Typical offer for BA Music and French - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including Music and French. Where a candidate is not taking A-level Music, we will accept AAB plus Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) at Pass.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including Music and French. Where a candidate is not taking A-level Music, we will accept BBB plus Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) at Pass.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Music and French. Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Higher Level Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Music and French. Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Higher Level Music.
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, plus either B in A-level Music or Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity). Applicants must also demonstrate proven capacity for language learning, usually through a B in French A-level

Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD EITHER in Music Technology BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma OR in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma. All applicants must also meet our Music requirement (eg with an A in Music at A-level (or equivalent) or Grade 8 in a Trinity or ABRSM practical or theory exam), PLUS A in French at A-level (or equivalent)
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB (in any order) in Music and French, and Standard Higher: AAABB. Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Advanced Higher Music.
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 offer80% overall, with 8.0 in Music. Where a candidate is not taking EB Music we will accept 80% overall plus a Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity).
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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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Additional requirementsWhere an academic qualification in Music is not available, Pass in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

How we assess your application

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

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For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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