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Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic - Course Outline

The course is divided into two parts. One part of the course includes two years while second part of the course includes one year. Students are given thorough understanding of the subject through interactive lectures, supervisions, and classes. The duration of classes can be expected between 10 to 15 hours a week during part first.

Part I

First Year

In part first, students are taught many disciplines that form the core of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies. Students have an opportunity to choose six subjects out of ten and take examination four of them and appear for departmental tests in the remaining two subjects.

Historical Subjects

Scandinavian history
Anglo-Saxon history
Gaelic history (Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man)
Brittonic history (Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, the North Britons and the Pictish kingdoms)

Language and Literature Subjects

Old Norse
Old English
Medieval Irish
Medieval Welsh
Insular Latin
Palaeography (the study of handwriting and manuscripts)

Second Year

In second year, students may continue to study their selected subjects and need to take exam in all six subjects. Alternatively, students have the option to replace between one and three of their first year subjects with the papers borrowed from concerned courses or dissertation. The borrowed papers cover subjects from archaeology, English, medieval languages, and modern languages.

Part II

Third Year

In the third year, students enhance and use the skills they learned in the part first. The syllabus of third year encourages students to apply their knowledge in imaginative and original ways. Students study total four subjects chosen from a range of seventeen comprising Beowulf, the conversion of Scandinavia, Germanic philology, advanced medieval literature and languages.

The course is well designed and tailored with the purpose of providing quality education. The syllabus consists of a fine combination of theory and practical exercises. In this year, students have a very good opportunity to pursue more detailed study in their selected areas. Students need to write a dissertation of approximately 9, 000 and 12, 000 words on a particular subject of their own choice.

Course Requirements

As far as 'A' level subjects are concerned, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic students have different backgrounds. Generally, combinations may include history, English, ancient language, and modern language. The eligibility of the course is an evidence of academic ability in the general area of humanities and for languages. Students are suggested to check college websites to know college specific requirements.

Admission Test

Based upon the college and course students apply to, an interview may be an additional assessment they undertake. However, students may be asked to submit their two of school essays and they need to discuss these essays in the further interview. Upon completing the first round of the interview, students have to appear for a further assessment or test either when they attend for interview or beforehand. Students are advised by their respective college when they need to send any work or appear for the test. The Cambridge College works closely to make sure that the assessment methods employed by all colleges are largely similar.


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