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University of Southampton

Ancient History

UCAS Code: V102

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

"Typical offer: AAB including a Humanities subject* EPQ offer: ABB including a Humanities subject* and Grade A in the EPQ Contextual offer: ABB including a Humanities subject* General Studies is excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A-levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects, however all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies).

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 credits at Distinction including 6 in a Humanities subject*; and 6 credits at Merit.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3, D3, M2 from 3 Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects including a Humanities subject* 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

The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our webpage: www.southampton.ac.uk/learnwithustransition/epq-support/admissions-policy.page

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 points with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in a Higher Level Humanities Subject* International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Humanities Admissions Team at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk 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

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

DD

Distinction, Distinction in BTEC National Diploma and grade A in a Humanities subject* at A Level

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

D

Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and Grades AA in two A Levels including a Humanities subject*

Distinction, Distinction in BTEC National Extended Diploma and grade A in a Humanities subject* at A level

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: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/imported/transforms/content-block/UsefulDownloads_Download/76EAE52F749841A39C1965E3F54CDD76/university-of-southampton-curriculum-for-excellence-scotland-statement-July%202016.pdf. Applicants are advised to contact the Humanities Admissions team for more information at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk

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

B

Grades AA in 2 A levels including a Humanities subject*, and Grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate General Studies is excluded for entry.

UCAS Tariff

136

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81%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

History

The ancient world has profoundly influenced subsequent generations of history, and studying antiquity offers you a way of understanding the foundations of todays world. Ancient History at Southampton accompanies you on a journey through the ancient world: from ancient Egypt to the rise of Islam in the Middle East; from the conquests of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire; from the shores of Roman Britain to the pre-Colombian Americas; from ancient philosophy to Hollywoods Cleopatra. Southampton is home to world-leading scholars in the study of the ancient world. We are passionate about teaching, and our Faculty team provides a supportive and stimulating environment that puts a premium on engagement, discussion and debate.This BA programme will enable you to pursue your interests in Ancient History and the ancient world in depth. You will have the opportunity to study and research to a high level, equipping yourself with specialist knowledge in your chosen areas of study. Studying the ancient world at Southampton offers you the opportunity to learn in an engaging, supportive and highly successful research environment. Southamptons Faculty of Humanities contains leading experts in a wide range of fields related to the ancient world and its reception (History, Archaeology, ancient and modern languages and literatures, philosophy and film). 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. Whatever you choose, Ancient History at Southampton will enable you to gain invaluable skills and study topics about which both you and staff are passionate. 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.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to the Ancient World; Ancient History: Sources and Controversies; World History in 40 Objects; Ancient History Group Project; 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

Assessment methods

The multidisciplinary team offering Ancient 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. Because source analysis (textual and material) is so fundamental to the understanding of the ancient world, we put a strong emphasis on developing skills in analysing primary sources through a variety of commentary exercises and take-away gobbet examinations (e.g. in Year One compulsory modules). 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, and in Year Two, the Ancient History Group Project assesses students on their presentation skills and ability to engage with the wider public. 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
£16,536
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.

78%
med
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

73%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
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.

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