Ancient History

Course Summary:

As an Ancient History student you will immerse yourself in the evidence which the past has left behind. You will read all about the history of the Greeks and Romans, covering Athens and Sparta in the 5th Century BC and the rule of the Emperor Augustus. Enhance your learning by engaging in lively discussions and debates about how Ancient History shapes our present and will continue to impact our future.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Newcastle University – History
  • Kings College London – Ancient History
  • University of Manchester – Ancient History
  • MMU – Ancient and Medieval History

Career destinations:

An Ancient History qualification will support your application for any HE course, including History, Archaeology and Law. Ancient History also opens up career opportunities that involve working with and understanding people, for example, working in Education, or being a Museum Curator or Archaeologist.

Entry Requirements:

A grade 4 or above in GCSE History is preferable, and essential if it has been studied at GCSE. If not, you’ll need a 4 or above in GCSE English Language.

Assessment Method:

Year 1 and Year 2 100% exam


Ancient History offers an opportunity to explore the thoughts and the ideas of ancient Greeks and Romans.

For students wishing to delve more deeply into this subject the department has a wide range of classical literature including Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ and the work of other great classical poets.

Such background reading would be particularly beneficial to students wishing to apply to prestigious universities, including Oxbridge.

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