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Undergraduates Starting With Us

We are really looking forward to welcoming all of our new students! We very much hope you will have a memorable and inspiring time here with us.

Welcome Week and Induction

During welcome week (Saturday 25 September - Sunday 3 October 2021) we will be running a mix of online and face-to-face events to provide you with all the information you need about the Department.
These will explain how you will be taught and how to choose your modules, with opportunities for taster sessions in Latin and ancient Greek for those with no prior experience in an ancient language. We will also assign you to Library induction sessions. All details will be pre-populated in your Welcome Week timetable.

There will also be the opportunity to meet your student mentors and your personal tutor.

Before You Arrive

Before you arrive, we suggest that you spend some time over the summer consolidating what you already know about the ancient world, and dipping into unfamiliar territory. Don't forget to visit local sites/museums to look at ancient artefacts, as well as completing some of the suggested reading. Take a look also at some of the Knowledge Centre articles written by members of the department, our blog series, Material Musings, and Coins at Warwick, and watch some of our Vodcasts, or films on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to check out our student bloggers, Shayni and Rebecca.

Reading Lists to Look at Before You Arrive

Decide on your Modules

Before you arrive, please start thinking about what modules you would like to take during your first year. Each degree has some compulsory core modules while others are optional. Click here for details for your course. You may be able to find further details of the modules by looking at the pages of the relevant departments. For Classics modules, further information is available by clicking on the relevant link on our module page.

Language Modules:

Advice on which ancient language to choose

Everyone takes one classical language module in their first year, with the exception of Q800 Classics students who take both Latin and Greek at the appropriate level.

Latin for Beginners

You do not need to carry out any preliminary work. However, if you want to make a start, the Open University has an excellent introduction Introducing Classical Latin. This would be particularly helpful if you have not done much foreign language learning previously. The course book itself is very approachable and you may want to start reading the first chapter or two. You can find out more on the module page.

If you have Latin or Greek at A-level and are planning to take the ‘Literary Texts’ modules please see below for essential preparatory work.

Greek for beginners

If you are interested in learning ancient Greek we ask you to learn the alphabet before you arrive. The most effective way of doing this is working through the OU webpages which are interactive and help you practice recognising and pronouncing the alphabet. More information is available on the Warwick module webpage.

Intermediate: GCSE or A level language qualifications

If you took GCSE Latin in Year 11 but did not take Latin A level, you will be assessed at the start of the year to see if the intermediate level is right for you; it may be that a refresher via the beginners level will be more appropriate.

If you received an A grade in A Level Latin this summer, then you will be taking the module Latin Literary Texts. You should revise your grammar and vocabulary before term starts. More information is available on the module web page.

If you took Latin A level but didn’t get an A, then we would generally put you into the intermediate level (Latin Language and Literature) to enable you to consolidate and hopefully go on to Latin Literary Texts in your second year.

If you have Greek A level, then you will take the module Greek Literary Texts and should start reading Odyssey Book 8, using Garvie's edition – more details on the module webpage.

If you have any questions, then please contact David Fearn at

Find out how to enrol, and about essential details of Warwick life at the Welcome to Warwick page.

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