BA Ancient History (V110)

2017 entry

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UCAS code V110
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 39
Number of places for 2017/18 37

About BA Ancient History

Ancient History at Bristol gives you the flexibility to combine core units on Greco-Roman culture with more specialised topics such as Ecology and History in the Ancient World, the reception of Greece and Rome, or the study of ancient languages.

In the first two years you take core units exploring the ancient Greek and Roman world, the sources of information available and the different approaches employed by modern scholars. You will also choose a number of optional units on ancient language, literature, philosophy, art, and political, social or cultural history. Some of these units may be offered in collaboration with other departments, such as History, Archaeology and Anthropology. There is the possibility of studying abroad for one semester in the second year.

In your third year you will choose units from a range of special subject seminars, based on our academics' wide range of research interests. In co-operation with a supervisor, you will also research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

More about Ancient History

Find out more about studying Ancient History at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Literary Sources for Ancient History
  • Two historical topics from the following four:
    • Classical Greece
    • Hellenistic World
    • Rome, Republic to Principate
    • Late Antiquity
  • Two option topics, for example:
    • City of Rome
    • Pagan Religions of Rome
    • Greek or Latin Language

Second year

  • Approaches to Ancient History
  • Non-literary sources for Ancient History
  • Two historical topics
  • Two option topics

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Four special subjects, for example:
    • Pompeii
    • Spoils and Iconoclasm
    • Responses to Empire
    • Memory, Myth and History
    • Configurations of Gender
    • Ecology and History in the Ancient World.

Typical offer for BA Ancient History

(including international A-levels)
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Arts or Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Distinctions may be required in specific units.
BTEC DDD. Distinctions may be requested in particular units.
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:No specific subjects required.
Academic qualificationsThe following subjects are preferred: Ancient History, History, Classical Civilisation, English Literature.

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