The Ancient World - Birth of a Nation
What was so dark about the 'Dark Ages'? Was life really ‘nasty, brutish, and short’? Who are the ‘English’ anyway? The Ancient World - Birth of a Nation short course aims to introduce you to a key period in the development of England, starting with the fall of the Roman Empire and the Germanic invasions, and culminating with the ‘Viking Empires’ of Cnut and William of Normandy. The course will introduce you to the archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking ages to give you an understanding of the many political, religious, economic and social cultures of this era, which far from being 'dark' saw the laying of the foundations of England.
This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.
15 credits at level 4
Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.
If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.
The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:
- Courses of more than six months' duration.
- Courses of less than six months' duration.
- Pre-sessional English language courses.
International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).
For full information, read our visa information for international students page.
How to apply
How to apply
You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.
First class: Mon 13-Jan-20 6.30pm-8.30pm
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