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BA History (Ancient and Modern)

Catalog id : V118
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
15295 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Department
Faculty of History
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32
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About this course

This course enables students to study history from the Bronze Age Mediterranean and Near East, through the Roman Empire, middle ages and early modern period, right up to British, European and world history in the present day.

  • Fruitful comparisons between societies abound, and the methods by which we study them are mutually illuminating.
  • This Oxford course offers an extraordinary range of choices (more than 90 options) reflecting the breadth of interests of those who teach here.
  • The Oxford Classics and History Faculties are world famous for teaching and research.
  • Most of the people who will teach you here will be leading researchers in their field, and lecturers are encouraged to put on new courses which reflect their own interests. The study of original sources forms the basis of Further and Special Subjects.

History (A&M) Careers:

Oxford historians typically move on to careers in fields as varied as law, investment banking and consultancies, advertising, accountancy, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism and the media, global charity work, museums, librarianship and archive work, and teaching.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic:

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent

It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent.

English Language requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
OR
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND

Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
OR
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

SATs
We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.

Superscoring

Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year

Courses

Four courses are taken:

One period of either Greek or Roman history
One of the periods of general (non-British) history offered by the History Faculty
The world of Homer and Hesiod; or Augustan Rome; or one of the History optional subjects
A text-based paper on Herodotus; or Sallust; or Approaches to history; or Historiography: Tacitus to Weber from the History syllabus or Greek/Latin language paper

2nd and 3rd years

Courses

Six courses are taken:

A period of Greek or Roman history
A period of general history or one of the periods of the history of the British Isles
Further subjects including work on primary sources, textual or archaeological
A choice of further subjects (at least one of the further or the special subject must be ancient) from the History syllabus; or an ancient further subject, including:
Athenian democracy in the classical age
Politics, society and culture from Nero to Hadrian
Religions in the Greek and Roman world c31 BC–AD 312
The Greeks and the Mediterranean world 950–500 BC
Art under the Roman Empire AD 14–337
The Hellenistic World: societies and cultures, c300 BC–100 BC
Special subjects (at least one of the further or the special subject must be ancient) (including work on primary sources, textual or archaeological). A choice of 31 special subjects from the History syllabus; or an ancient special subject, including:
Alexander the Great and his early successors
Cicero: politics and thought in the late Republic
Disciplines of history
Thesis
Optional Greek/Latin language paper

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written work:

All candidates are required to send in a marked essay of A2 level, or equivalent, written in their own time as part of their normal school or college work by 10 November 2016. The essay may deal with a topic from ancient or modern history.

Written test:

  • All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT), normally at their own school or college, on 2 November 2016.
  • Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test.

General Selection Criteria: 

The following criteria are to be applied in the assessment of candidates for History.  In the case of candidates for the Joint Schools with History, these criteria are to be applied in assessment for the History side of each school.

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Conceptual clarity
  • Flexibility - the capacity to engage with alternative perspectives and/or new information
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Critical engagement
  • Capacity for hard work
  • Enthusiasm for History
  • Evidence of historical imagination and understanding, in particular, the ability to speculate and compare, alongside the possession of appropriate historical knowledge and the capacity to deploy it.

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