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Ancient History and History University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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This joint honours course combines the study of ancient, medieval and modern history.

Half of the course engages with the history and culture of the Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean and its hinterland; the other half explores medieval and contemporary history, stretching from Late Antiquity to modern day histories of globalisation.

Students will engage with, and approach analytically, (a) the history and culture of the Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean and its hinterland (b) medieval, early modern, and contemporary history, stretching from Late Antiquity to modern day histories of globalisation.

As well as offering students breadth of perspective, training is offered on a large variety of historiographical techniques, including specialisms which are vital tools of historical research. Students will be equipped to move into a wide range of careers or further study options.

We aim to:

  • Develop, consolidate and foster the capacity to communicate and present ideas orally and in writing

  • Introduce students to the methods of scholarly presentation

  • Harness our high-quality learning resources to provide and support stimulating course-units appropriate to our programmes

  • Use the expertise of our staff to provide research-led teaching; promote a close and fruitful two-way relationship between teaching and research

  • Monitor, review, update and enhance our provision regularly to ensure that it meets appropriate academic standards

  • Offer a supportive environment, with effective pastoral and academic support, to foster the learning/personal development of our students

  • Produce graduates with the set of transferable cognitive skills of self-management and independence that equip them either for employment or for further study/research, whether in history, classics, ancient history or in other fields

  • Provide a supportive environment for all students, free of bias or discrimination

Ancient History

  • Produce graduates well trained in the study of classical antiquity through a balanced, coherent programme combining breadth with detailed attention to a range of aspects of classical civilization

  • Foster critical awareness in the reading/interpretation of ancient texts, literary and (especially) historical material

  • Offer the option of a progressive language course in Latin or Greek language, usually at post A-level (or equivalent) standard, consolidating existing knowledge and developing reading knowledge in particular, but also other language-based and language-related skills. NB with special permission, students may take Intensive language course units.

History

  • Stimulate critical study of the past; develop and extend students' powers of critical/analytical thought and logical argument by applying them to historical interpretation of both primary and secondary sources.

  • Advance the ability of students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study.

  • Provide a broadly based, challenging curriculum, based upon the study of diverse historical periods and cultures.

  • Develop appreciation of a variety of theoretical approaches/methodologies with reference to particular historical courses and periods.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code VV50
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB AAB including A in either History or Ancient History. General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.

A-level exams should ideally be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Typical Contextual Offer: ABB, including A in History or Ancient History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We require at DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in either Ancient History or History.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

We also require a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

You will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the admissions tutor. Once you have applied, the admissions administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1,500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the administrator.
Scottish Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject):

AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,D3,M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects (including 6 in History or Ancient History).
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in either History or Ancient History.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D* plus two A Levels at Grades BB, OR full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, one of the A-levels should be in either History or Ancient History.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in either History or Ancient History plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in either Ancient History or History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; the Grade A must be in either Ancient History or History.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require at least a D, plus an A-level at min. Grade A in either Ancient History or History, plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Scottish Advanced Higher Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject):

AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB.

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/)

Additional entry requirements

Interview

The interview will be a one-to-one discussion with a member of our lecturing staff.
It is our aim that the interview should be a relaxed but informed conversation. It will normally explore areas such as your ability to discuss and think about the topics of the course and the modules, approaches and experiences that studying this course at Manchester entails.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum Writing score of 7).
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 100+ overall with a minimum Writing score of 25. If you have obtained a different qualification please check our English Language requirements to ensure it is accepted and is equivalent to the above.

GCSE English Language Grade B. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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