Italian ab initio and Politics BA (Hons)
4 years with year abroad, starting in September 2018
Master one European language and gain the skills to analyse the social, political and economic changes affecting Europe and the world.
This degree enables you to combine a European language with the study of the politics of the societies in which your chosen language is spoken.
In the course, the language and politics strands carry equal weighting. You will gain a strong competence in both your chosen language and in relevant issues of world politics.
The first and second years are about key political concepts and the culture and society of your target language. You will be able to choose from some optional units, enabling you to focus on areas of most relevance to you.
During the third year, you will spend a year abroad. The year abroad assessment contributes towards your final degree classification.
In the final year, you will write a year-long dissertation supervised by an academic member of staff. There are several optional units you can choose allowing you to focus on areas that you are most interested in and excited by.
This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year abroad
- Year 4
As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.
You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.
Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
- The making and shaping of a new nation-state: Italy 1815-1945
- Italian written and spoken language 1A (ab initio)
- Introduction to comparative politics
- Introduction to politics: theory and analysis
- Italian written and spoken language 1B (ab initio)
- Introduction to international relations
- Plus optional units
On your year abroad you will spend time in the country of your chosen language either within Europe or beyond. You can spend your time on a study placement at a foreign university (usually an exchange with one of our Erasmus+ partners), as a language assistant in a school, or on a work placement. You can also have the flexibility of a combination of any of these options.
Our dedicated and experienced Placements Officer will support and guide you through the recruitment process to gain your placement.
Our students have previously spent their year aboard working for:
- Optimy (France/Belgium)
- Simmons & Simmons (France/Belgium)
- Freshfields (Spain/ Latin America)
- PwC (Spain/Latin America)
- Siemens (Germany)
- Zanker und Kollegen (Germany)
- Di Palma Associati (Italy)
- Unilever (Italy)
Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements.
Learning and assessment
- Practical sessions
- Oral assessment
- Written examination
Contact time with staff
In your first year, you should expect to spend 21% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 79% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.Find out more about contact time with staff
“As you move further along in the course you’re able to specialise more in terms of what your interests are.”Jessica Miles
BA French and Politics (2015)
Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for languages and politics, expressed through an interest and knowledge of certain social, political or economic aspects. This might include relevant reading, involvement in political or language societies, activism for a political party or an NGO or by participating in language exchange programmes.
You do not need to have studied Politics or Italian before to be suitable for this course. You will need a strong performance in a language other than your own of at least GCSE level (or equivalent).
We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds to our language courses. Language content in the first year of this degree is typically pitched at students who have not studied Italian before and who are not native speakers. If you have more advanced language skills may find these aspects of first-year study less challenging.
We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.
Select the country where your qualification comes from.
Typical offer A levelAAB
AAB in 3 A level subjects.
Alternative offer A levelABB
AAB plus one of the following:
- grade A in the EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
- grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspective
Typical offers for other qualifications
36 points overall and 6,6,5 in 3 Higher Level subjects.
Access to HE Diploma:
Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above. You will also need to offer a GCSE in a foreign language at grade A or 7.
Please contact us to discuss the content of the Access course you are studying to check that the units you are covering are suitable.
Obtain D* D D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area. You will also need to offer a GCSE in a foreign language at grade A or 7.
If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.
See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
Cambridge Pre-U typical offer
D3, D3, M1
Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer
D3, M1, M1 plus one of the following:
- grade A in an EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
- grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.
Open University Credits
Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits. You will need to have evidence of your ability to learn languages, which may be a GCSE in a language at grade A or 7, or an OU Level 1 beginners’ or intermediate unit in a language.
This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss you profile prior to making an application.
Typical offer: Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 70% in a Level 2 unit. Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.
AB in Advanced Highers plus AAABB in Scottish Highers.
Combinations of qualifications
Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.
We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.
- AB in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
- AB in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject.
- AB in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
- AAB in two A level subjects excluding Accounting plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.
We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.
Fees and funding
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.Read more about your payment options.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.Learn how we decide fee status
Placement fees vary
You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
- Course titleItalian ab initio and Politics
- Final awardBA (Hons)
- Mode of studyFull-time
- Course codeRL23
- Institution codeB16
- UK/EU application deadline15 January 2018
- Overseas deadline15 January 2018
- Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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