Czech and Spanish, B.A.

Czech and Spanish, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
Our Joint Honours degree in Czech and Spanish enables you to study two contrasting languages and cultures in the context of their speakers' history, literature, experiences.


Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world, while the modern Czech Republic is at the heart of the expanded European Union and a key strategic and trading partner of the UK.

You take units in both languages in year one, and choose from a range of options in years two and four, combining cultural, historical and sociological approaches in units ranging from South American politics to Czech literature and cinema.

In language classes, you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills, using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources.

You will divide your third year between the Czech Republic and a Spanish-speaking country, either at university or on a work placement.

Why study Czech at Bristol?

Bristol is one of very few UK universities to offer a full Czech linguistic and cultural degree, including literature, history, cinema and contemporary society, studied with another modern language.

At Bristol you study the language intensively in small groups, with close attention from expert teachers who are native speakers. Our students regularly achieve excellent, graduate-level fluency after four years.

Our options are designed to allow you to explore contemporary priorities and concerns of modern Czech society alongside Czech history and culture. Literature classes boost language learning with close reading of original texts in small groups.

Final-year students have the opportunity of writing an extended project on an aspect of Czech history, culture or society, and can take up the closely related Slovak language.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Czech
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Czech Language
  • Czech Language and Society
  • Introduction to Czech History
  • Introduction to Czech Literature
  • Spanish Language
  • Introduction to the History and Literature of Spain and Latin America
Second year
  • Czech Language
  • One to three units on Czech literature, post-war history or society
  • Spanish Language
  • One to three Spanish optional units, (eg: Social Conflict and Political Upheaval in Spain, Nationalism and national Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955, Race, Religion and Gender, Women’s Writing in Postwar Spain, From Frontiers to Football: Nations in Latin America)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • Czech Language
  • One to three units on post-war Czech literature, cinema or society, or modern Slovak language and literature
  • Spanish Language
  • One to three Spanish optional units (eg: Atlantic Cinema, Spain in Transition 1966-92, The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca, Hispanic Sociolinguistics, Conquest and Colonisation: Spanish America 1492-1700, Columbia: History and Culture since Independence)


Studying Czech will give you the opportunity to study the political, social and cultural history of the continent from the perspective of a country that has never been a major imperial power, making it very different from many other modern language studies.

As neighbour to the closely related Slavonic languages, Czech will appeal to anyone who is intellectually curious and interested in language and who wishes to draw comparisons between their own culture and contrasting intellectual, ideological and artistic environments.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
  • BTEC: DDM. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning.*
  • SQA: SH: AABBB and AH: AB including one of the languages to be studied*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 77% overall with 8 in at least one of the languages to be studied
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *One language can be studied from beginner level. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with an A-level in one of the languages to be studied at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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