Welsh and Ancient History (BA)

Ancient History and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine study of ancient civilization with the Welsh language, its literature and its culture.

By combining Welsh and Ancient History, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. The time spent on each subject is effectively halved, allowing you to study the Welsh language, its literature and culture, while exploring and understanding key moments in ancient history.

The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The course aims to produce graduates with a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales.

The Ancient History course covers the Greco-Roman world from the Aegean Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west and its survival in the east as the Byzantine Empire. The political, social, economic and cultural structures of Greek and Roman societies were significantly different from modern industrialised societies, but have exercised a profound and continuous influence on the development of European and many other cultures.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to follow a degree course that develops skills relevant to both the academic world and the workplace
  • a core module which focuses on employability skills and which offers a period of work experience
  • a range of core and optional modules in Welsh language, literature and culture as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal and career interest
  • the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
  • the emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment
  • the involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual
  • the University has close links with local historical sites, giving you the chance to link your academic studies to active research in the field
  • Ancient History thematic modules examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.

Key facts

UCAS CodeQVM1
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 56% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of Welsh typically has 30 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerBBB. Three A-levels, usually including Welsh. General Studies is not accepted. Grade B or above in Welsh is required for applicants studying Welsh as a second language. Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades AA-AB at GCE Advanced Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerContact the School for detailed information.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, split equally between Welsh and Ancient History.

Year one

You will take 120 credits in all. There are two routes in the first year, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. First-language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Ancient History, while second-language students will take 80 credits in Welsh and 40 in Ancient History.

The emphasis in year one is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.

In year one, normally students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow the second-language route, but we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before deciding which route you will follow.

For the first-language route the core modules are:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning]
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader]
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales]

For the second-language route the core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

The first year in Ancient History provides you with a focused introduction to the study of Greek and Roman history at University which fosters your critical and analytical skills through close engagement with the ancient sources and modern interpretations.

In Ancient History you will begin to develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. There are also opportunities for assessments that do not count towards your final grade but give an opportunity for you to gain insight and feedback on your progress.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to Roman HistoryHS310220 credits
Introduction to Ancient Greek HistoryHS310120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Astudio BarddoniaethCY150220 credits
Astudio RhyddiaithCY150320 credits
Y Gymraeg heddiwCY150420 credits
Y Gymraeg a'r brifddinasCY150520 credits
Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas CaerdyddCY175120 credits
Mapio'r CymryCY175220 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Ancient History.

In year two Welsh, you will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in year one. The core linguistic elements of the course focus on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

Alongside these core elements, the course offers optional modules in years two and three in Welsh language, literature and culture, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation.

In Ancient History, while you will have completed smaller guided tasks in year one, you will now also write longer essays to help you learn, but which do not always contribute to your final marks. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient HistoryHS433620 credits
Julian the ApostateHS330710 credits
Greek ValuesHS330910 credits
Gender & Sexuality in Greece and RomeHS336220 credits
Hellenistic Art and ArchitectureHS435610 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Latin Historical TextsHS334310 credits
Greek Historical TextsHS334510 credits
Introduction to Computing for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241610 credits
Roman BritainHS236220 credits
Art & Archaeology of Archaic GreeceHS238620 credits
Conquest & Crisis: The Roman RepublicHS331630 credits
Rome and CarthageHS333320 credits
Myth and History in Ancient Greek CultureHS337520 credits
The Roman ArmyHS436720 credits
Independent 2nd Year StudyHS433420 credits
Byzantium: The Golden Age, c. 850 - 1050HS332910 credits
Science and Technology in the Graeco-Roman WorldHS337310 credits
Ancient Persia: the Achaemenid Dynasty 559-331 BCEHS337820 credits
Early Rome: History and ArchaeologyHS436010 credits
Art and Power in Rome, 211 BC - AD138HS436810 credits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Latin Historical TextsHS334410 credits
Greek Historical TextsHS334610 credits
Computer Projects for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241710 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Ancient History.

In Welsh, it is compulsory to choose one of the following modules:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster] (20 credits)
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research] (40 credits)

You have a choice of an essay or project of 4,000 words (20 credits) or 8,000 words (40 credits), to be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field. This may lead to further research or provide an effective showcase for potential employers. You will also choose more optional modules.

In Ancient History progression is evident in the growing emphasis on lengthier, independent work. You will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice (40 credits) and take 80 credits of optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient HistoryHS433620 credits
Julian the ApostateHS330710 credits
Greek ValuesHS330910 credits
Gender & Sexuality in Greece and RomeHS336220 credits
Hellenistic Art and ArchitectureHS435610 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Latin Historical TextsHS334310 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Greek Historical TextsHS334510 credits
Introduction to Computing for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241610 credits
Roman BritainHS236220 credits
Art & Archaeology of Archaic GreeceHS238620 credits
Conquest & Crisis: The Roman RepublicHS331630 credits
Rome and CarthageHS333320 credits
Myth and History in Ancient Greek CultureHS337520 credits
Researching the Ancient World: Final Year DissertationHS433540 credits
The Roman ArmyHS436720 credits
Byzantium: The Golden Age, c. 850 - 1050HS332910 credits
Science and Technology in the Graeco-Roman WorldHS337310 credits
Ancient Persia: the Achaemenid Dynasty 559-331 BCEHS337820 credits
Early Rome: History and ArchaeologyHS436010 credits
Art and Power in Rome, 211 BC - AD138HS436810 credits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Latin Historical TextsHS334410 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits
Greek Historical TextsHS334610 credits
Computer Projects for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241710 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations. For Welsh, there is also an important role to be played by tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

How will I be supported?

As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback in lectures and seminars, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

In 2013/14, 100% of the School of Welsh’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, or engaged in postgraduate study.

In 2013/14 92% of graduates from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. Ancient History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will not need any specific equipment.

Year two includes a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis. This period of work experience is part of a programme of events designed to focus on developing employability and career skills.

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion also has a dedicated Work Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time.


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