What will I learn?
This course will enable you to pursue your interest in the languages, literature and thought of Greece and Rome, while considering the broader cultural, social and political contexts of the classical world. You will study a broad range of literary and non-literary sources, which are taught in innovative and dynamic ways by staff engaged in ground-breaking research.
Core study covers the Greek and Latin languages, alongside modules such as Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature, Roman Laughter: Wit & Transgression in Roman Literature and Thought, Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity, and Ancient Greek Theatre. You can also choose optional modules on other aspects of the ancient world (e.g. history and archaeology) that interest you. By studying past cultures, you will develop the skills to analyse broad socio-cultural, literary, material and philosophical trends over extended periods of time, learn to pay attention to detail and to think creatively. You will also build skills in logic, written and oral communication, and develop the ability to work independently to meet deadlines.
In your first year, you take two modules in Greek and Roman Culture and Society, plus Greek and Latin languages at an appropriate level. In your second and third years you continue to study both languages alongside two optional modules. Current options include Democracy and Imperialism, Ancient Greek Theatre, The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought, History of Medicine. One of your third-year options will be your dissertation, which enables you to explore an area of particular interest in detail, alongside three further optional modules.
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.
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 civilisation of the Ancient Mediterranean.
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). Your second and third years (or second and fourth years for Study in Europe degrees) contribute equally to your final degree classification. Some modules involve alternative assessment methods including digital storytelling videos, blog posts and presentations
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
Classics also comes as a 4-year degree with the third year spent in one of our partner universities in Padua, Rome, Bologna or Venice. For more information, visit Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe Q801, and Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe Q802. You may also 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.
A level AAB, including A in Latin or Ancient Greek and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek and to include 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).
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
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.
Essential subjects A in Latin or Ancient Greek and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).
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 Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
In your first year you take two modules in Greek and Roman Culture and Society, plus Greek and Latin languages at an appropriate level. In your second and third years you continue to study both languages alongside two optional modules. Current options include Democracy and Imperialism, Ancient Greek Theatre, The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought, History of Medicine. One of your third-year options will be your dissertation, which enables you to explore an area of particular interest in detail, alongside three further optional modules.
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.
What can a Warwick degree in Classics lead to?
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)
- 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: AAB, including A in Latin or Ancient Greek and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
IB: 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Jivan Kandola - Classical Civilisation
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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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.