(Original post by emmz992)
Hey! This is an essay reply so I'm sorry in advance!
Ancient History is really great at Swansea. They have a diverse range of classes to choose from over the years of the course so much so that you can pretty much specialise in a few things in particular if you wish, or just try a bit of everything. There are a few compulsary modules you have to do which are introductions to certain things so everyone has the same basic knowledge. The great thing is the majority of the lecturers are great (admittedly one or two not so much, but they only took a few of my lectures in one module), they're really enthusiastic and have a good sense of humour. For the first year of ancient history you cover the three major areas - Archaeology (which includes stuff like art, architecture and methods of archaeology), writing (poetry, ancient historians etc) and the actual history (events, famous people/places).
Honestly, joint honours is not that hard (well, so far!). We have relatively little contact time (i.e. lectures/seminars) compared to some degrees (This year I've had nine hours of lectures a week, and nine seminars a semester - there are two semesters every year of ten weeks each. Although with you doing history, they might want more contact time, I don't know. The boys in my flat all did engineering and had 20+ hours of contact time in comparison) but on the other hand most lecturers expect a lot of reading/researching to make up for it. Each module will most probably expect 1, occasionally 2 pieces of coursework that will contribute to your overall module mark in addition to an exam for each module. All my essays so far have been 1800-3500 words each, but they are expected to be of a very high standard (you'll have lectures about this). Also it's worth noting (and this is for all uni's) that universities mark more harshly that your sixth form/college will. A first at Swansea is 70%, a 2.1 is 60%, 2.2 50% and so on. Don't be too disheartened if you get 50% in your first essay if you're used to getting 70% and above! They're marking harshly because they want you to improve. Your first year doesn't count towards your overall degree, but you do have to pass it to continue into second year. The reason they are harsh is because they want you to get better before it starts counting (: But yeah, all in all, easily manageable. Only piece of advice would be don't leave essays to the last minute. Everyone does it, but you'll ineveitably end up having two essays with due dates close to each other, and if you leave them you'll end up pulling all nighters to get them done because universities can be really harsh about missing deadlines even by a few minutes!
Swansea is actually really great about grades. I had swansea in my original five choices, but then didn't put it as my insurance or firm. When I let them know on ucas they actually sent me an email saying they'd liked my application so were going to keep my application on file just in case I ended up in clearing. I needed ABB for my firm and insurance, and that's also what Swans wanted, and ended up with ABC. Phoned up Swansea in clearing and because they'd kept my file everything was sorted in literally less than five minutes. With two A's and an ace personal statement you should be fine! If in doubt, just phone/email someone and remember enthusiasm is key with uni applications haha.
I can't honestly pin one thing I love about Swans. I love that the beach is so close. I love the community aspect of it. I love that the university has everything I need either on campus or very close to it. I love the nightlife (having heard about some of my friends' universities, we definitely seem to have a really great place for nights out. The on-campus club Tooters is ridiculously cheap, or you can go to Wine St in town which is made up of clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, take aways and a casino). I love the enthusiastic and quirky lecturers. I love living independently with friends. I loved freshers (seriously do as much as you can, great times and also the best time for making friends and trying new societies!). Pretty much love swansea uni in general, and I'm so glad I came here... literally can't wait for second year - you will have an awesome time here!!