BA Ancient History and Welsh (first language / 3 year)

Course Overview

If you would like to develop your written and oral skills in Welsh, whether you would like to write or translate, studying Welsh at Swansea gives you the opportunity to explore the richness of our language, from the Mabinogion to the language of contemporary Wales. Studying Welsh in an interdisciplinary context with Ancient History at Swansea University will prepare you for a range of exciting career options.

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

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.

Cymraeg

  • An education of the highest standard delivered by a team of enthusiastic and experienced staff
  • Small classroom sizes and increased contact hours
  • Funding opportunities by studying through the medium of Welsh
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • Study the wealth of Welsh literature and language whilst experiencing the excitement of the Welsh language community in Swansea!

Ancient History

  • Students can study ancient and modern languages. 
  • Students can take an Ancient and Historic Places module, a study trip or field project.
  • Students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • The student Society of Ancient Studies organises social and cultural events.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.

Description

The Ancient History and Welsh (first language) programme aims to cover all aspects of Ancient History, from the emergence of democracy to the Crusades, whilst at the same time giving students the opportunity to improve their Welsh language skills as well as offering a choice of modules which encompass Welsh language, culture and literature, from a historic as well as contemporary perspective.

Students study six modules a year, 3 in Ancient History and 3 in Welsh.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in Welsh. 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.

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

Welsh (First language)

"O ran gyrfa, ac o ran fy natblygiad personol, mae medru'r Gymraeg wedi bod yn hanfodol imi. Yr oedd fy nghyfnod ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe yn un arbennig iawn. Fel un o'r gogledd, doeddwn i erioed wedi bod yn Abertawe o'r blaen, ond fe ddois yma ar ddiwrnod agored a syrthio mewn cariad gyda'r lle! Cefais astudio'r Gymraeg, byw y bywyd Cymreig ond hefyd, flasu cyffro'r ddinas. Perffaith!"

Nia Parry

Cyflwynydd ar S4C a Thiwtor y Gymraeg


Ancient History

"Where do I start? I loved studying at Swansea and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Studying the BA Ancient and Medieval History and completing my undergraduate BA History dissertation felt like a huge achievement and I then decided to take a Master’s in Creative Writing, finishing with a Distinction was one of my proudest achievements. Throughout my time at Swansea I worked as a freelance journalist for publications, including BBC History, The Observer and others. I also established my own magazine, The Antagonist. I’m now working toward becoming an English tutor and my experience at Swansea has a lot to do with that."                                         

Jess Ranthum


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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