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Classics and English (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, BBB

This course will enable you to study classical antiquity (its literature, art, material culture and thought) together with its reception in English literature through the Western tradition.

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We are one of only a few universities in the UK to offer a combined degree that treats the two subjects as a continuum. The course examines the multiple and ever-evolving interactions between the artistic production of classical antiquity and English literature, from Shakespeare to contemporary poets, novelists and dramatists.

All our degrees involve core modules in your first year. 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 two inter-related fields of study.

In your first year core modules may include Classics modules in Roman or Greek Culture and Society, plus Latin or Greek, alongside two English core modules (currently Modes of Reading, and either Epic into Novel, or Medieval to Renaissance Literature). In your second and third years you may choose from a range of optional modules from either department, with flexibility increasing in your third year, when you will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised by a member of either Department.

Second and final year students may take one 30-CAT module or two 15-CAT modules from outside the department (e.g. from the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning or another academic dept) in place of an optional module.

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

Contact hours

You'll take four modules, each with 2-3 contact hours per week (more for your language module/s).

Class size

Class sizes vary from 6 to 80. Honours modules are capped at 60.

For English modules, seminar class sizes vary from 10 to 15.

You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is generally equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and third years contribute equally to your final degree classification.

The following Classics degrees enable you to 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.

Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe

Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe

Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe

Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe

Alternatively, you may choose to spend a year at our partner university of Monash, Australia, at the end of your second year. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

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A level BBB to include Latin or Ancient Greek, and English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined), plus grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

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 website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Modes of Reading

What is a reader? How is our understanding and perception of a text formed? Why are these questions some of the most controversial and impassioned in the field of literary studies? This module allows you to explore these questions by putting a spotlight on the question of critical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By reading a series of literary texts in relation to some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the last hundred years, you will take your own position on everything from Marxism and feminist theory to ecocriticism and postcolonial critique.

Roman Culture and Society

This module allows you to explore how the Romans shaped the modern world through their literary and material cultures. Analysing how different civilisations contributed to the concept of ‘Roman’, using an eclectic range of evidence, from high literature and ancient graffiti, to the monuments and religious artefacts of Ancient Rome. This strong foundation in how evidence from the ancient world is evaluated will contribute to your understanding of the development of culture in ancient and modern contexts.


Greek Culture and Society

You will receive a grounding in the rich panorama of Ancient Greek culture, during which your appreciation of art, literature and thought will be complemented by an understanding of the cultural contexts in which they flourished. From this foundation, you will pursue a specialism, choosing from subjects as varied as myths and religion, performing arts, and political and societal structures. Using primary sources, you will hone your research and analytical skills to consider the differences and continuities between Ancient Greek culture and your own.

Latin Literary Texts

This module will build upon the ‘Latin Language and Literature’ module (or A Level/ equivalent in Latin), and allow you to deepen your understanding of Latin by further reading of significant works by authors and in genres which, for the most part, you will not have previously studied. As well as developing your ability to read Latin more fluently and to translate from Latin, the module also teaches you advanced grammar. Whilst providing an introduction to literary criticism and philological analysis at degree level.


Greek Literary Texts

The purpose of this module is to build upon the ‘Greek Language and Literature’ module (or A Level/ equivalent in Ancient Greek), and to allow you to both broaden and deepen your understanding of Greek by further reading of significant works in genres that, for the most part, you will have not previously studied. As well as developing your ability to translate from Greek, the module also includes discussion of literary and grammatical points.

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.


Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid, the ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

Year 3
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

English Literature and Feminisms 1799-1899; The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought; The Question of the Animal; Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature; Romantic and Victorian Poetry; Space and Place in Greek Literature; Devolutionary British Fiction; Comparative Perspectives on Arabic Literature; Democracy and Imperialism; Asia and the Victorians; The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian; Explorations in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: EY (formerly Ernst and Young), Amnesty International USA, Museum of London, Ofcom, Civil Service, Marks & Spencer, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University Press, Cancer Research UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Research Intern at the House of Lords; Administrator at Warwick Medical School; Journalist; Secondary School Teacher.

A level BBB to include Latin or Ancient Greek, and English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined), plus grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

4-10 years part time - find out more about the part time course

Start Date
24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Possible costs are estimated as follows:

Year One: £70 textbooks + £15 trip

Year Two: £200 textbooks, £20 trip

Year Four: £25 printing/binding of dissertation, £200 textbooks, £20 trip

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe
Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe
Italian and Classics
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe
Classical Civilisation
Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe