BA Ancient History and French (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    VR11
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Ancient History and French degree offers the study of the Greek and Roman worlds and develops your knowledge of a world language, discovering the rich culture that makes France an international centre of the arts and understanding twenty-first-century France and its role in Europe.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • In the second year, students can take a study trip/field project module.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in France. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in France.
  • Our French modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the French-speaking world.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.
  • Have a look at our Ancient History blog and Languages blog for news and information.
  • The Society of Ancient Studies and French Society at Swansea organises social and cultural events.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLH100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
Optional Modules
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Optional Module choices (Ancient History) 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough optional or elective modules to make up your total credits to 120 or the whole year (after your compulsory modules), balanced evenly between two Teaching Blocks. All of the modules listed below are 20 credits. To enrol in a TB2 Latin, Greek or Egyptian module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request. Students should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language in the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Midddle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)
CLH145Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
HUC101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Ancient History Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select 2 or 3 of these modules. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module, you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLG203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)To select this module you must pursue CLG203 also.
CLG221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLG221 also.
CLG225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLG225 also.
CLG227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLG227 also.
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH227Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Kings, Tyrants and Lawgivers in Ancient Greece
CLH248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport, Games and entertainment in the Greek and Roman world (level 2)
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH274Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Empire 2: Central Power and Local Culture, AD 14-235
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH289Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The End of the Roman Republic (Level 2)
CLH292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20History of Ancient Technology and Engineering
CLH294Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)To select this module you must pursue CLL203 also.
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLL221 also.
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLL225 also.
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2To select this module you must pursue CLL227 also.
CLP202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient langauges
CLP266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the Roman Past
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
AND
Ancient History Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose any of the following modules to make up the remainder of your Ancient History credits, if required.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Christianity and Classical Culture: Augustine and Boethius (Level 2)
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 2)
CLE230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
AND
AND
French Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least ONE of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
AND
French Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you select MLF201 you MUST also select MLF210. If you wish to enrol in MLC235A you MUST also enrol in MLC235B.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2ATo pursue this module you MUST also select MLC235B..
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2BTo pursue this module you MUST also select MLC235A.
MLF201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 2To pursue this module you MUST also select MLF210.
MLF201WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 2To pursue this module you MUST also select MLF210.
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2To pursue this module you MUST also select MLF201 OR MLF201W.
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Optional Modules
Ancient History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module. Students must select 60 credits from each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC310Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 3)
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLH348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport, games and entertainment in the Greek and Roman world
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The end of the Roman Republic (Level 3)
CLH394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
CLP309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
French General Language Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
AND
French Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-302WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Chwyldro Ffrengig
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLF307ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Love, Lust and the Meaning of Life: A Theme in French Literature
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
AND
French Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If appropriate, select 20 credits of modules to make up 60 credits for French.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335A.
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF310.
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF310.
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF300 or MLF300W.
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity

Description

Students study six modules a year, three in Ancient History and three in French.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"I chose Swansea University because of the variety of courses on offer in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. During my study I immersed myself in both academic and extra-curricular student life. I enjoy both reading and writing fiction and in my final year of study, I was selected as one of four finalists in the “Swansea Life Young Writing Category” of the “Dylan Thomas Prize”. I held several positions of responsibility in the Society of Ancient Studies which was amazing; and I organised social events such as visits to sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, the British Museum, Caerleon, and Rome. I also had the opportunity to work on the Church Hill archaeological excavation (a suspected Roman villa) and the excavation at Oystermouth Castle organised jointly by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Swansea."

Shaun Mudd


“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French

 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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