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Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking of studying Classics and Ancient History at Warwick, there are a number of questions you might be asking yourself. We have tried to answer frequently asked questions below. If you can't find the answer to something you need to know, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team by email at ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk or telephone +44 (0)2476 523723.

How will I be taught?

You will study Classics in a variety of ways – through lectures and seminars, and, in your final year, through a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.

All Classics degrees involve some compulsory modules in year one. In subsequent years, you build on what you have learnt through a choice of modules which allow you to engage in your own way with the civilisation of the Ancient Mediterranean.

How will I be assessed?

You will take four modules each year. These modules will be assessed by means of essays submitted during the year and exams taken in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and third year contribute equally to your final degree classification.

What grades will I need?

You should normally satisfy the University's General Entry Requirements set out in the Prospectus and the entry requirements for your chosen Classics course. We equally welcome candidates with a classically-related subject and anyone with a genuine interest in the subject, including mature students and applicants from Access to Higher Education Courses.

What happens if I don't achieve the required A-level (or equivalent) grades?

If you do not make your conditional offer, then the admissions tutors, Michael Scott and Clive Letchford, will look the results to see whether there is room on the course and whether they consider that the candidate is likely to flourish on the course. We may well telephone thecandidate and/or their referee to get a better idea of the individual module scores and to discuss the actual results in the light of what was predicted.

Are there any prerequisite A-level (or equivalent) subjects?

Course UCAS code Essential subjects
Classical Civilisation Q820 There are no essential subjects. However, you should bear in mind that these degrees involve substantial historical and literary components. Most successful applicants will have a high grade in an ancient or modern language at GCSE level or equivalent.
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology VV14
Classical Civilisation with Philosophy Q8V5
Classics Q800 Latin or Ancient Greek at A level.
Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe Q821 An A level in an ancient or modern language.
Italian and Classics RQ38 A level/Higher Level Italian is not required. Candidates normally offer a foreign language at A/Advanced Higher/IB Higher Level but, if this is not possible, other evidence of competence in the study of foreign languages will be considered.
English and Latin Literature QQ36 A levels in English Literature and Latin.
Philosophy with Classical Civilisation V5Q8 GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics (minimum B) or AS level Mathematics C.


What about General Studies?

Offers normally exclude General Studies.

Can I take a gap year?

Yes. We welcome applications for deferred entry.

How many students do you accept?

Each year we accept approximately 60 full-time undergraduate students and there is a growing number of part-time degree students.

When should I apply?

We consider applications between October and January each year. It helps the selectors if you submit your application as early as possible.

Will I be interviewed?

We may invite you to interview though we normally interview only those applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Can I visit the department?

If you're thinking of applying, we encourage you attend a University Open Day, Warwick Visit or Campus Tour. If you receive an offer from us we will invite you to attend a departmental open day. See our open days page for more details.

If you can't come to an open day, you can download our presentation (Powerpoint Presentation) and information pack (PDF Document) containing much of the information we cover on open days.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe is a four year degree and you will spend the third year studying in Italy at a partner university in either Venice or Bologna.

The Italian and Classics joint degree is a four year degree and you will spend your second year studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture.

How do I get to the department?

We are located on the second floor of the Humanities Building on the University's Central Campus. See travel directions to the University and campus map.