BA Ancient History, Classical Studies, Education Studies
Ancient History, Classical Studies, Education Studies is a combined programme designed to allow students to indulge their passion for Ancient History and Classical Studies, with various aspects of Education and Teaching, to provide those interested in teaching as a career with invaluable insights and understanding of the profession.
The programme is composed of three parts: Ancient History, Classical Studies and Education studies. Two modules in each of these three subjects are taken at every level of study.
This degree is targeted at students with interest in ancient Greece and Rome in their entirety - their history, literature, mythology and societies. The programme allows you to study a wide range of modules covering not only fascinating historical figures such as Pericles the Athenian, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar but also the great literary output of these worlds, the Homeric epics, the tragedies and Cicero, as well as basic aspects of everyday life, such as the role of women, religion, warfare and the economy. In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of literature, mythology and history; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of the Greco-Roman world so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you. Options are also available to study select modules in Egyptology, English and Theology. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with our range of research and publication specialisms.
The Education Studies component of this major/minor degree comprises two modules of study per year over the three years of your degree. Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.
During the second year of study you will undertake a 20-credits module entitled ‘Learning in an Inclusive Environment’. As part of this module, you will have the opportunity for gaining valuable work experience through a work placement. This placement may be in a classroom, museum or other contexts which respond to education in its broadest sense. The work will provide you with an insight into the application of concepts and ideas that surround education. Further it offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience that will support your future career aspirations. In your second year you will also study a module that explores educational identities in relation to knowledge, power, culture and social relations.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement. The latter module might involve an observation in a local school, college, organisation or learning/teaching contexts within the community.
There is clear emphasis on enhancing your employability through ensuring that the modules enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, you will have the opportunity to develop such skills via, for example, a compulsory work placement, seminar presentations and a practice-based, work related dissertation.
Typical modules include:
- Learning, knowledge and education
- Historical and contemporary issues in education
- Learning in an inclusive environment
- Culture, Identity and Education
- Lifelong learning and continuing development
- Teaching Observation
- Defenders, Conquerors, Vanquished; Greek and Hellenistic History
- From Gods to CGI: an Introduction to Classical Mythology and its Receptions
- The Muses’ Playground: Epic in Antiquity
- Sparta: An Extraordinary City
- Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
- The City of Rome: People, Power and Politics
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Work placement
- Strongly vocational course
- Invaluable way in to PGCE
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities
- Innovative teaching methods
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales and galleries
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions and displays, article reviews, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector and heritage management
- Teaching and education
- Tourism and tourism management
- Volunteer work
- Tour guides
- Online publishing
- Museum and archive
- Local government archaeology
- Business and commerce
- Local government
- Media and Publishing
- Business and Commerce
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
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 Student Finance pages.
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 Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to the Mediterranean to allow students to visit ancient sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
For the Fieldtrip modules, a deposit is usually required in September/October to ensure a place with the full cost due in December/January. Payment is made to the Finance Office on campus or through the online payment facility.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Ancient History, Classical Studies, Education Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.
For more information about the Humanities and Education programmes, please contact:
Programme Director BA Humanities and Education
Tel: 01570 424975