BA Music and Italian (WR33)

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UCAS code WR33
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 Italian

This joint honours degree combines a full course in music with Italian, which can be studied from beginner level. This combination will provide you with a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in music and in Italian culture. Our degree offers the chance to learn the Italian language and to gain an understanding of the complexity of Italy as a nation through studying Italian culture from the middle ages to the present day.

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 Bristol.

Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion make it a major commercial force globally. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture. Musically, it is the founding place of opera, Renaissance culture, and a driver of avant-garde composition in the 20th century.

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

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See a list of all Music and Italian 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).

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. You will have access to the School of Modern Languages' state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

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

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

Standard offer
AAB including Music. 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. 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 at Higher Level in Music. 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 at Higher Level in Music. 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)

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)
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including Music, 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).
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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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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