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Ancient History and History BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This exciting degree allows you to study history from the ancient world right up to the 20th century. You’ll have the chance to study the civilisations of ancient Greece, Rome and Persia as well as more recent history across the globe.

    A combination of core modules will give you a good grounding in different types of historical research methods, archaeology, literary analysis and life in ancient Greek and Roman society. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules that covers everything from Pompeii to the Tudors, the history of Britain, modern Chinese history or black politics in the US to the present day. You’ll even have the chance to learn Latin or Greek. This degree allows you to combine the skills of the classicist and the historian to pursue your interests across periods and cultures.

    Leeds has plenty of useful resources for History and Ancient History 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.

  • Course content

    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.

    From your first year, you'll develop your historical skills and knowledge, as well as an understanding of concepts like historiography. You’ll also gain an understanding of the development of Greek and Roman civilisation and literature.

    Once you have this firm foundation, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules over the following two years while striking a balance across historical periods. You could study Greek religion, the legacy of Augustus, Persia under the Achaemenids, the Crusades, medicine in the Middle Ages, Victorian England, pre-colonial India, 20th century African history, the fall of the Soviet Union and more.

    By the end of your final year, you will have built a wide range of skills across disciplines, allowing you to research topics and think critically about what you find. You’ll apply these to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • The Greek World: an Introduction 20 credits
    • The Roman World: An Introduction 20 credits
    • Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
    • Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Evidence and Enquiry in Classics 20 credits
    • Ancient Empires: Power and Control 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20 credits
    • Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20 credits
    • Pompeii - Past, Present and Future 20 credits
    • Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000 20 credits
    • Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-1857 20 credits
    • The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day 20 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    • Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20 credits
    • Classics in 20th-21st Century Literature 20 credits
    • Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20 credits
    • The City in the Roman World 20 credits
    • Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 40 credits
    • Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964 40 credits
    • The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968 40 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    For more information on typical modules, read Ancient History and History BA in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Our tutors are experts in their subjects whose teaching is informed by high-quality research. We use different teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their knowledge and experience. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, and occasionally workshops. However, independent learning is also an important part of the degree, since this is where you build your critical and research skills.

    Assessment

    This degree is distinctive because of the variety of assessment methods it uses. As well as exams and essays, you’ll be assessed using wikis, posters, student surveys and online discussion forums among others. We offer plenty of support, and extra classes are available on issues like exam technique and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    including A in History and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where 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 History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re 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 History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    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 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    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

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    A degree in Ancient History and History 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 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.

    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, while you could also become a peer mentor under our scheme or apply for one of the internships the School offers every year.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities 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.


    Work placements

    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.


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