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BA Liberal Arts

University of Bristol
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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About this program

BA Liberal Arts

Our rich and challenging liberal arts programme allows you to explore the arts and humanities while building crucial skills in analysis and communication that will be valuable to you throughout your degree and beyond.

In years one and two you take a combination of bespoke core units exploring foundational issues in the arts and a choice of optional units from the full range of disciplines offered in the Faculty of Arts.

You also take a numeracy and a language unit during the first two years, as well as embarking on your specialist subject pathway. At least a quarter of your studies is devoted to your subject pathway, which you will be able to choose from one of the disciplines in the Faculty of Arts.

The final year includes a dissertation and a unit that provides opportunities for working with organisations outside the University.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following

A-level Standard offer

AAAincluding an Arts subject and another essay-based subject

A-level Contextual offer

ABBincluding A in an Arts subject and B in another essay-based subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer

36points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an Arts subject and 6 at Higher Level in another essay-based subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer

32points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an Arts subject and 5 at Higher Level in another essay-based subject

Cambridge Pre-U offer

Requirements 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 offer

Access to HE Diploma in Humanities. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:

  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in an Arts subject.

Additional written work may be required; please contact the Enquiries team for details.

BTEC offer

DDDin a relevant subject, with Distinction in specified units, plus A in an Arts subject at A-level

Scottish Qualifications Authority offer

Advanced Higher: AA in one Arts subject and another essay-based subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

Requirements 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 offer

85% overall, with 8.5 in one Arts subject and another essay-based subject

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Program content

Year 1


  • History of the Present
  • The Art of Writing Optional Peoples, Culture and Language
  • Evolution in Action
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology Pathway
  • Classics and Ancient History Options
  • Film Options
  • Historical Studies Options

Year 2


  • Ideas and Society
  • Experiencing the Aesthetic
  • Arts in the Age of Data
  • Social Theories
  • Anthropology Options

Year 3


  • Human Challenges
  • Cultural Heritage of the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • Visions: Experiments in Creative Anthropology
  • Human Challenges
  • Museums and Heritage: Critical Perspectives
  • Anthropology of Disability and Difference
  • Introduction to Primatology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year

About this institute

University of Bristol

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