What will I learn?
This course will enable you to pursue your interest in the history and archaeology of the ancient world, and to explore topics via the study of both texts and artefacts of many kinds. You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities (currently in Venice, Rome, Bologna or Padua) and then return for your final year at Warwick. There is flexibility to switch to the Classical Civilisation, or Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe degree stream after your first year if you discover that this is where your interests lie.
Typically, our students benefit from many hands-on learning experiences, including handling authentic ancient coins, recreating the experience of a Greek symposium using replica vases, and visiting historical sites and museums in the UK. You will have the opportunity to study topics such as Greek democracy, the Roman cultural revolution under Augustus, or how the ancients thought about domestic space, in modules specifically focused on Greco-Roman history, art, archaeology and architecture. You will gain skills in analysis, logic, written and oral communication and research, and you will learn how to work independently, meet deadlines and pay attention to detail.
In your first year you will take Greek Culture and Society, Roman Culture and Society, Latin or Greek at the appropriate level and accelerated Italian. 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. Regardless of your chosen degree, you are required to complete at least one module in an ancient language in your first year.
How will I learn?
You will study in a variety of ways: lectures, seminars (involving student presentations or small-group discussion of a particular topic) and (in your final year) by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.
You will have 2–3 contact hours per week for each module, and will also prepare work independently outside the classroom. Each of your essays will receive detailed written feedback and will also be discussed with you in a one-to-one feedback session with the marker of the essay.
How will I be assessed?
You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is generally equally divided between coursework submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Some modules involve alternative assessment methods including digital storytelling videos, blog posts and presentations. Your second and third years (or second and fourth years for Study in Europe degrees) contribute equally to your final degree classification.
A level ABB, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) or evidence of ability to learn Italian and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).
International Baccalaureate 34 points, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 6 or evidence of ability to learn Italian and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).
Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.
Essential Subjects A foreign language (modern or ancient) or evidence of ability to learn Italian (see below) and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). Candidates should also bear in mind that this degree involves substantial historical and literary components.
We will accept the following qualifications as evidence of language learning ability for Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe (VV18) and Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe (Q821)
- A in two GCSE languages (modern or ancient)
- A* in GCSE Italian
- B in two AS languages (modern or ancient)
- A in one AS Level language (modern or ancient)
- B in one A Level language (modern or ancient)
- 6 points in IB Standard Level language (modern or ancient)
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Departmental Open Days Every applicant who receives an offer is invited to attend one of the Departmental Open Days. Find out more about our Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I take?
If you study this course, you will study alongside those on the Ancient History and Classical Archaeology course. In your first year, you will take the modules Introduction to Greek and Roman history, Roman or Greek Culture and Society, Latin or Greek, and accelerated Italian. In your second year, you take two core modules (Italian and The Hellenistic World), and two further modules of your choice. You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities (currently in Venice, Rome, Bologna or Padua) and then return for your final year at Warwick.
Find out more about our modules and the course structure.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where could my degree take me?
We see it as an imperative to equip you with the skills and capability to adapt to a workplace which is increasingly affected by accelerated social and technological change. Earlier this year (2017), Warwick was ranked the most targeted University by the UK’s Top 100 Graduate Employers.* We invite nearly 300 leading employers to campus each year, ensuring that our students have the opportunity to meet employers at careers fairs, employer presentations or sector-specific events. The most recent figures show that 100% of first degree graduates from across the department had secured employment or further study six months after graduation.
Graduates from the department have gone on to successful and distinguished careers in a diverse range of fields. These include: Law, Teaching, Academia, Civil Service, Theatre, Banking, Marketing and Communications.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree means that our students develop a broad skillset which includes advanced analytical skills, honed written and verbal communication skills, a thirst for critical evaluation and an awareness of divergent perspectives.
To see some of our alumni profiles, please visit the Classics website.
* The Graduate Market in 2017, High Fliers Research Ltd
- Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (VV14)
- Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V5)
- Liberal Arts, Classics pathway (LA99)
- Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V5Q8)
- Classics and English (QQ36)
A level: ABB, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) or evidence of ability to learn Italian and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
IB: 34 points, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 6, or evidence of ability to learn Italian and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Jivan Kandola - Classics & Ancient History
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
Classics Department brochure
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.