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University of Southampton

Ancient History and History

UCAS Code: V107

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Typical offer: AAB including a Humanities subject* If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including a Humanities subject* and grade A in the EPQ We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including a Humanities subject* Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H1,H2,H2,H2

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including a Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in an A level Humanities subject* *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in an A level Humanities subject* and A in one further A level *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in an A level Humanities subject*. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

AAB from three A levels including a Humanities subject* or AA from two A levels including History or a related subject* and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *A Humanities subject includes subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects.

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Ancient history

History

Study how civilisations of the ancient world have inspired modern society with the BA Ancient History and History at the University of Southampton. Examine a broad range of empires and cultures across history on this combined BA degree, from ancient Greek warfare to the Tudor rebellions and the war on terror, or social and cultural history from the Romans to the Romanovs. Applying for this BA in Ancient History and History can start building a foundation towards successful careers in teaching, the media, museums and galleries
Ancient History and History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to study global history from the Classical World to the present day, in a research environment containing leading experts in a wide range of fields. You will have the opportunity to study and research to a high level, equipping yourself with specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study. From ancient Egypt to Minoan civilisation, from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the Roman empire, from Roman Britain to the ancient Americas and the Middle East, from ancient philosophy and the biblical world to the rise of Islam, studying Ancient History at Southampton affords you the chance to study topics about which you are already passionate, or to try something entirely new. The study of ancient languages is optional, but you are strongly encouraged to make the most of the opportunities on offer at Southampton to study Latin and Ancient Greek. Studying History will expand your geographical and chronological range even further. The department contains historical experts in regions ranging from Britain and the rest of Europe to the Americas, Australasia, Asia and Africa. Studying Ancient History and History at Southampton therefore affords its students a chance to grapple with and gain an insight into global perspectives on ancient, medieval and modern History in a highly successful research environment.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to the Ancient World; World Histories; Dissertation. Typical optional modules: Masada: History and Myth; Consuls, Dictators, and Emperors; Alexander the Great and his Legacy; Latin Language; Ancient Greek Language; Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Being Roman; Literary Transformations of Ancient Myth; Apocalyptic Visions; Emperor Constantine; Cleopatra’s Egypt; Augustus; City of Rome; Roman Imperial Women; Christian Origins; Power of Rome: Europe’s First Empire; Maritime Archaeology; The Vikings; The Bible and History; Framing the Past: stardom, history and heritage in the cinema; Presenting the Past: Archaeology and Museums; The Body and Society; Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives; Ancient Greeks at War; The Rise of Islam; Iron Age Societies of Britain and Ireland; Alternative Sexualities; The World of Herod the Great; Art of the Roman Empire; The Hundred Years War; The Murder of Edward II; Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage; The Wars of the Roses; Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49; The British Atlantic World; Henry VIII; Habsburg Spain; America’s “War on Terror”; The First World War; The Third Reich; Britain in the 1970s; Conquests; Histories of Empire; Treason and Plot

Assessment methods

Ancient History and History uses a range of assessment methods to ensure that students are able to demonstrate they have achieved intended learning outcomes. The most common means of assessment is an essay. Essays offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their use of skills in research and analysis to make their own arguments. Longer pieces of writing, allowing for a greater development of argument, become more common as an undergraduate progresses through his or her studies, and these allow students to formulate their own lines of historical enquiry, using archival material to create significant contributions to historical knowledge. Although they account for less than 50% of the overall degree mark, exams are also taken, in order to assess students’ ability to formulate clear, focused and engaging pieces of writing in test conditions. Individual and group oral presentations feature in some modules, including the compulsory Year One Introduction to the Ancient World module. Language modules will focus primarily on assessing skills in reading ancient sources and applying those skills to source analysis.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

History

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

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Ancient history
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History

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
92%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Ancient history

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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