Modern Languages, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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A Bristol Modern Languages degree will enable you to master one or more foreign languages and immerse yourself in the culture of the countries where these languages are spoken and used.

About

This three-language degree provides the opportunity to study three languages offered by the School of Modern Languages in the following combinations:

  • French, Spanish and Portuguese
  • French, Spanish and Italian
  • French, Spanish and German
  • French, German and Russian
  • German, Russian and Czech.

For each combination, applicants will need A-level or equivalent in the first two named languages, whilst the third can be studied from beginner level.

You will gain knowledge of the key approaches and concepts for linguistic, literary, cultural and historical analysis. 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 two or more of the countries that are relevant to your chosen languages. On your year abroad, you can explore the culture and society of your host country while studying at a partner institution, teaching English or undertaking a work placement.

Why study Modern Languages at Bristol?

All Bristol language departments have an international reputation for research and scholarship, which informs our teaching at all levels. This is supported by professional language teaching provided by experts in both beginners’ and advanced level language acquisition. Our optional units allow you to study a wide range of aspects of the culture, politics and society of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.

All courses take four years of which the third is spent abroad. If you are studying two languages, you will usually divide your third year equally between two countries where these languages are spoken. On your year abroad, you may attend a university or other place of higher education in Europe, or arrange a work placement, through the 'Erasmus+' programme. Bristol also has links in Russia, Kazakhstan and Latin America.

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 lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First Year
  • Language A (post-A-level) plus a relevant culture unit
  • Language B (post-A-level) plus a relevant culture unit
  • Language C (ab initio)
Second Year
  • Language A plus a relevant culture unit
  • Language B plus a relevant culture unit
  • Language C plus a relevant culture unit
Third Year

Year abroad

Fourth Year
  • Language A plus a relevant culture unit or school unit
  • Language B plus a relevant culture unit or school unit
  • Language C plus a relevant culture unit or school unit (School units include Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting Practice and Theory and Comparative Literature)

Audience

Bristol's modern languages courses will suit you if you have a fascination for languages and a desire to study within the broader cultural contexts in which those languages are used.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including grade A in two of the languages to be studied*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including grades AB in two of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in two of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 at Higher Level in two 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; DDD plus A-level grades AA in two of the languages to be studied*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including two 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: 80% overall with 8.5 in two of the languages to be studied*
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *Only one language can be studied from beginner level. You must have A-level grade A (or equivalent) in two of the languages you wish to study. For degree combinations including French, A-level French is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.