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BA Ancient History and English(For students entering from September 2023 onwards)

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of Year One, students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate an awareness of the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of both disciplines;

- use basic generic and subject-specific qualities, i.e:

- present a structured and coherent simple argument;

- have some knowledge of critical terminology;

- have experience of English literature from a range of literary periods and locations;

- have an awareness of the importance of the literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;

- have a basic knowledge of the varieties of language and forms;

- develop critical skills; develop analytical skills;

- appreciate the complexity and diversity of ancient societies and cultures;

- appreciate the problematic nature of historical interpretation and evidence;

- critically evaluate historical evidence;

- show a critical and empathetic reading and use of texts, inscriptions, coins, material culture or other source materials;

- demonstrate basic knowledge of Ancient Greek and Roman history and the range of primary evidence available to study them;

- marshal and communicate an argument, both oral and written;

- evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;

- show an awareness of the importance of the literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which historical documents are written and read;

- interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the study of Ancient Greek and Roman history;

- demonstrate a basic awareness of the nature of history as an academic discipline and the problematic nature of historical knowledge.

Transferable (key) skills

The programme provides opportunities for students to practise and develop:

- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;

- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;

- analytical and critical thinking;

- the deployment of decision-making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;

- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;

- the ability to undertake further training of a professional or equivalent nature where appropriate.

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;

- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.


The achievement of the programme outcomes will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the disciplines;

- work that draws on a wide variety of material associated with the disciplines;

- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;

- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the disciplines;

- work that is both evaluative and creative.

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;

- demonstrating the ability to construct an argument;

- demonstrating some knowledge of two disciplines.

- work that covers a restricted area of either discipline;

- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.


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