Ancient History and English BA
Year of entry 20232024 course information
- UCAS code
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 3 years full time
- Work placement
- Study abroad
- Typical A-level offer
- AAB (specific subject requirements)
- Typical Access to Leeds offer
- BBB including English at A Level and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements
Ancient History offers you the chance to explore the Ancient Greeks and Romans and the people they envied and emulated, traded with and invaded through studying their literature, architecture, art, material culture and a range of other sources. You’ll combine core and optional modules to gain an understanding of life in these unique societies as they evolved, as well as develop your own interests through investigating the ‘Athenian empire’, Sparta and the Peloponnesian League, and Rome from Republic to Empire.
You’ll explore the full range of poetry, prose and drama in English, from Old English and medieval literature to contemporary writing from around the world. Core modules will give you a thorough grounding in the development of literature in English over time, while optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge of topics that interest you. From Arthurian legends or Shakespeare to postcolonial fiction, there’s plenty to choose from.
Explore our libraries
Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Ancient History and English students. The world-class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a full training programme to help you make the most of them.
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The course information shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.
For more information please read Ancient History and English BA in the course catalogue.
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.
This combination will allow you to explore how ancient concepts, ideas, events, art, architecture and literature continue to influence modern culture.
Ancient History core modules will introduce you to the major events and trends that affected the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and you’ll also have the chance to learn or continue with Latin or Ancient Greek. In your first year, you’ll also choose from core English modules exploring poetry, prose and drama through time.
You’ll go on to deepen your knowledge of ancient political systems, societies and cultures and broaden your understanding of theoretical approaches to ancient sources. You’ll also develop your knowledge and skills through a choice of core modules focusing on different literary periods from the medieval period to today.
We offer an extensive range of optional modules, enabling you to specialise in the periods, regions, genres, or themes that interest you most, exploring diverse topics from across the classical world, revealing the complex nuances of these fascinating societies.
Classical texts are taught in translation, so you don’t need to have studied an ancient language. However, we offer Ancient Greek and Latin in every year of the degree if you want to learn or continue with either.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|The Greek World: an Introduction||20|
|The Roman World: An Introduction||20|
|Reading Between the Lines||20|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1)||20|
|Intermediate Latin (Level 1)||20|
|Introduction to Classical Archaeology||20|
|Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1)||20|
|Modern Fictions in English: Conflict, Liminality, Translation||20|
|Poetry: Reading and Interpretation||20|
|Drama: Reading and Interpretation||20|
|Race, Writing and Decolonization||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Evidence and Enquiry in Classics||20|
|Writing Environments: Literature, Nature, Culture||20|
|Body Language: Literature and Embodiment||20|
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo||20|
|Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2)||20|
|The Athenian Empire||20|
|The Worlds of Alexander the Great||20|
|Intermediate Latin (Level 2)||20|
|Herodotus and the Beginning of History||20|
|The Rise of Rome: Myth and History||20|
|Invisible Greeks and Romans||20|
|American Words, American Worlds||20|
|Medieval and Tudor Literature||20|
|Other Voices: Rethinking Nineteenth-Century Literature||20|
|The World Before Us: Literature 1660-1830||20|
|Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)||20|
|Global Environmental Humanities||20|
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo||20|
|The Worlds of Alexander the Great: From Pella to Punjab||20|
|Major Research Project||40|
|Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3)||20|
|The Athenian Empire||20|
|Language in Society||20|
|Restoration and Eighteenth Century Writing||20|
|Literature of the Romantic Period||20|
|Medieval and Tudor Literature||20|
|The Writings of Graham Greene||20|
|Textual Editing Project||40|
|Sex and Suffering in the Eighteenth-Century Novel||20|
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
The University offers a variety of tailored support for Ancient History and English students; the University Library runs free classes and workshops to help you make the most of our resources.
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research informs their teaching.
We use various teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
While we usually use a mixture of exams and essays, you may also be assessed on oral presentations or group work in some modules. We work hard at Leeds to make other innovative and inclusive assessment options available.
Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking.
We offer support in these areas as well – for example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam techniques that you’ll be able to attend throughout your time at Leeds.
A-level: AAB including A in English.
Other course specific tests:
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English.
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including English at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 will be available on individual course pages from September 2023.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
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There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Read our guidance about applying.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
School of English
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions
A degree in Ancient History and English crosses disciplines and gives you a wide range of knowledge and skills.
You’ll be capable of researching complex topics independently and thinking critically about information from different sources. You’ll be analytical and have highly developed communication skills. You’ll also have organisational and time management skills. In addition, studying for a joint honours degree allows you to become intellectually versatile as you switch between different disciplines.
Graduates from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures go on to a wide range of careers, including publishing, the armed forces, journalism, law, curatorship, the civil service, advertising and marketing, education, business and finance and the charity sector. Some of our graduates choose to progress onto postgraduate study.
We do everything we can to help prepare you for your career. Student-run career groups allow you to get together with other students who share your career ambitions. At the same time, you could also become a peer mentor under our scheme or apply for one of the internships the School offers every year.
You can read more about the range of careers our Ancient History and English graduates progress into, as well as the support we offer you throughout your degree.
The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies careers and employability support includes promoting internships, providing opportunities to work for the School and employer-led workshops and events.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Classics at Leeds has exchange links with Verona University (Italy) and modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience. There are also opportunities at our partner universities across the world where courses are taught in English.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
A work placement year is a popular choice with our students as it provides an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience as part of your degree. As with study abroad, you don't have to decide whether to pursue this before you come to Leeds.
You'll apply for the work placement year when you are already here and settled into your degree. If you are successful, you'll work in a graduate-level role and return to Leeds to complete your final year.
Hannah spent a year working for an integrated marketing group.