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Ancient World BA

Students on this flexible three-year programme may choose from a vast range of courses covering ancient history, literature, languages and archaeology. It offers great flexibility in the possible combination of courses and provides an entry to the Classics for those who have not studied Greek or Latin at school.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Ancient World BA
UCAS code
Q805
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Classical World
Total intake (by subject area)
52 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
76% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B, Mathematics at grade C and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C (to be attained prior to admission).

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL Greek & Latin ranked in the top three universities in the UK for classics by the Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • You will have access to an unparalleled range of course options, from Roman Love Poetry to Greek Palaeography, from Ancient Greek Religion to Roman Epic.
  • UCL has excellent library facilities, and is ideally situated close to world-renowned resources such as the British Museum, the British Library, and the Institute of Classical Studies.
  • The lively student-run Classical Society organises an annual Classics play (a Greek or Latin drama in translation) shown at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as other events.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This flexible programme offers an almost entirely free choice of courses covering classical literature, history and archaeology, and does not require prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. In the first year, all students must take at least 1.0 credits of either Latin or Greek – they continue with this same language in the next year to complete the 1.5 credit requirement. All students must take one history course and one archaeology course in their first year. There is also one compulsory core course. In the third year, students must take the Extended Essay option as one of their course choices.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Approaches to the Ancient World
1.0 credits of Latin or Greek

Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses, to include:

at least one archaeology course
at least one history course

Year Two

Compulsory course

0.5 credits of the Ancient Language chosen in the first year

Optional courses

You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Final Year

Compulsory course

Essay on an approved subject

Optional courses

You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Your learning

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some sessions involve direct study of artefacts, including access to the collections of the British Museum.

Assessment

Most courses combine both in-course continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few courses are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Ancient World BA.

Careers

Knowledge of languages such as Latin and Greek will allow you to develop mental agility and versatility, equipping you with the ability (amongst other things) to learn modern languages with comparative ease, opening up a wider range of possibilities in the future.

The Ancient World BA is a rigorous and broad-ranging degree which qualifies you for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. The Classical Society hosts regular talks from former students, which may help guide you in your future career choices.

Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classic and popular), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Curator, English Heritage (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Classics at UCL (2010)
  • Department to provide new examples
  • Department to provide new examples

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£15,660 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

Entry to the degree is competitive so it is important you highlight your interest in and passion for the subject in your application. In addition to meeting the academic standards stated, we look for dedication and self-motivation, good communication skills and a real enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

Each application is carefully assessed. Those candidates being considered for an offer will be invited to an applicant open day, which will include a lunch with staff and current students where you can discuss the degree programme, living in London and studying at UCL, and take a tour of the campus.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students