Course Title AS/A Level Ancient History
Level: 3
Code MS031

Overview of the Course

The study of Ancient History will give you an understanding of the ancient world and how its legacy affects today’s society. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop a broad and extensive interest in the political, social and cultural history of the ancient world and to acquire in-depth knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge to formulate coherent arguments.

What are the career opportunities?

History is highly regarded by universities and employers because students who study it develop experience in gathering and analysing information. You will find a History qualification useful in many areas such as: Journalism, Teaching, Legal Professions, Civil Service, Media, Business and Accountancy.

What are the entry requirements?

To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5 which must include English at 9-6 (A*-B).

Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.

In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years, and starts in September of each year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

In the first year you will study ancient Greece in the fifth century BC and the Julio Claudian emperors of Rome in the first centuries BC and AD to provide a contextual understanding of the time and the place and to develop the skills necessary to look at the ancient world in greater depth. In the second year you will use that knowledge and ability to study the politics and society of Sparta in Greece and the rule of the Flavian dynasty in first century AD Rome. At the end of the two year A Level course there will be two 2.5 hour exams. One on ancient Greece (inc. Sparta) and one on “the Eleven Caesars” of ancient Rome. At the end of the first year students will take two exams, one on fifth century BC Greece, and one on the Julio Claudians.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the subject you are studying. During your Ancient History qualification you will develop skills which include research, analysis and the evaluation of data as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate complex texts. All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals. Associated work experience could include museum and library work, archiving and archaeological digs.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available at Bury College and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in. The course will also provide you with an opportunity to travel to Greece and Rome during the two year period.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There is no compulsory additional costs.


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