What will I learn?
If you have an interest in both Classics and English, and have studied either Latin or Ancient Greek to A Level (or the equivalent), 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.
We are one of the few universities in the UK to offer a combined degree that treats the two subjects as a continuum. English may be taken with either Latin or Greek language, but you may also choose from a wide menu of different modules taught by renowned experts in their fields from both the Departments of Classics and English. 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. Many of the modules, for example Epic into Novel (an optional core first year English module), Humanism and Early Modern Latin Texts, and Ancient Greek Theatre (two honours Classics modules), encourage interdisciplinary thinking between the two inter-related fields. You will become aware of broad and subtle trends in the development of Western literature, and acquire the knowledge and critical skills to make your own connections between genres, authors, themes, concepts, theories and historical moments.
In Classics, you will benefit from intensive language teaching in small groups, designed to maximise fluency in reading ancient texts in Latin or Greek. Our graduates develop advanced abilities in critical, analytical and creative thinking, become highly confident in written and oral communication, and learn to work independently to meet deadlines. In your first year you will take core 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.
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. 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 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?
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.
A level AAB including A in Latin or Ancient Greek and A in English Literature, or English Language and Literature combined and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek and 6 in Higher Level English.
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.
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.
Essential subjects A in English Literature and Latin and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews 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.
Departmental Open Days Every applicant who receives an offer is invited to attend one of the Departmental Open Days. For information on our Open Days and other opportunities to visit us see the website.
What modules can I 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.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a degree in Classics and English 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)
- Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V5)
- Liberal Arts, Classics pathway (LA99)
- Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V5Q8)
A level: AAB including A in Latin or Ancient Greek and A in English Literature, or English Language and Literature combined and grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek and 6 in Higher Level English
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Classics and Ancient History
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.