BA Ancient History and Heritage Studies


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Ancient History and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of the Ancient world, its peoples, wars and cultures, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and/or tourism.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 32N7
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The programme Ancient History and Heritage Studies, allows you to study a wide range of modules covering not only fascinating figures like Alexander the Great, but also basic aspects of everyday life, such as ancient myths, politics, warfare (both on land and at sea) and the economic and trading networks of Ancient Greece. Students can also explore broader questions about how Rome grew into an empire, how Sparta became the legend that it is today and how religion shaped everyday life two thousand years ago. In the first year of study, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of Greco-Roman history so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.

Alongside this, students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. The programme will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries. 

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Sparta: an extraordinary city
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Armies and navies: studies in ancient warfare
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Rise of Rome
  • Building & Architectural History
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Religions in Antiquity
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Close relationships with experts in the sector
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Various opportunities for field trips, both local and international
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals.

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, palaeographic work, 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.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods on this programme are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, although these are supported by lectures, field trips and revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.

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 help you 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.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas.

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Media and publishing
  • Library and information services
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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 Field trip 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 and Heritage 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.