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This course is closed for Clearing 2022
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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time
27 September 2021
Department of Study
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Location of Study
University of Warwick
A degree in a classical subject offers a rich and versatile training which develops advanced skills in critical analysis, communication and creative thinking. On our Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe (BA) degree you will 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 spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.
This four-year course enables 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.
You will study Ancient Greek alongside a modern European language (current options are Italian and German) and will spend your third year studying classical subjects at one of our partner universities in Europe. Currently, placements are available in Bologna, Padua, Rome or Venice, with recent confirmation of new placements in Berlin and Tübingen, Germany. Confirmation of available placements will be made in your second year.
In your first year, you will take core modules in Greek literary texts, a modern European language (currently Italian or German), Greek Culture and Society, and Roman Culture and Society.
In your second year you will continue with your modern language alongside a Greek text module (optional core) and two further optional Classics modules.
You will spend your third year studying classical subjects at one of our partner universities in Europe.
You will return for your final year at Warwick.
How will I learn?
You will study Classics 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.
You will take four modules, each with 2-3 contact hours per week (more for your language module/s).
Your class sizes will vary from 6 to 80 students. Honours modules are capped at 60 students.
How will I be assessed?
You will take four modules each year. Assessment is generally equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules).
Your second and final years contribute equally to your final degree classification
General entry requirements
- AAB to include grade A in Ancient Greek
- Grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
- 36 to include 6 in Higher Level Ancient Greek
- Grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside two A levels, including Ancient Greek.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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.
Greek Culture and Society
This module introduces students of all backgrounds to the vast panorama of Greek culture, from Homeric times to the coming of Rome. It explores some of the most distinctive features of Greek culture and its social institutions, from the polis, festivals and religion, to mythology, sport and the performance of poetry, while encouraging students to consider the degrees of continuity and difference between ancient Greek culture and their own beliefs and practices. The module is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.
Roman Culture and Society
This module explores what was distinctively ‘Roman’ about Roman culture and society, both in Rome itself and throughout its empire, from Britain to Bulgaria, and from the Nile to the Euphrates. The module introduces students of all backgrounds to topics from the late first century BC to the early third century AD, investigating the impact on Roman society of the emergence of sole rulers and dynastic powers, and the gradual opening up of society to provincials. It considers a range of evidence, from poetry to graffiti, monuments to religious artefacts, and is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.
Greek Literary Texts
The purpose of this module is to build upon A Level Ancient Greek and 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.
A Modern European Language
You will take one module studying a Modern European Language (currently Italian or German).
Optional core modules – Greek text-based module and continuation of a Modern European Language.
Optional core module - Greek text-based module
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
- The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought
- Africa and the Making of Classical Literature
- Roman Laughter
- Space and Place in Greek Literature
- The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian
- Rhetorics: from Classical Rhetoric to Modern Communication
- Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity
- The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus
- Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature
- Humanism and Early Modern Latin Texts
- The History of Medicine in the Ancient World
- Ancient Global History
- Songs, Texts, Theories: Greek Lyric Poetry
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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Graduates from Classics courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- Cancer Research UK
- Comic Relief
- English Heritage
- John Lewis and Partners
- Teach First
- The British Museum
- Waitrose and Partners
They have pursued roles such as:
- Business and related associate professionals
- Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
- Finance and investment analysts and advisors
- Legal associate professionals
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Marketing associate professionals
- Teaching and other educational professionals
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant. They offer impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What can you do with a Classics and Ancient History degree?
- Careers in the Creative Industries
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Next steps after your classics degree ... hear from alumni
- Networking for Classics students
"The lecturers are all very welcoming"
“I wanted to study at Warwick because the honours modules offered the option of extra original language classes which was very important to me. The classes are much smaller and give Classics students the chance to gain a more intimate understanding of the texts you have studied in lectures and seminars.
My favourite module has been Ancient Greek Theatre. Greek Theatre was great since we covered a wide range of both tragedians and comedians and I found comedy’s engagement with literary genres to be so interesting that I chose it as my topic for my dissertation.
The lecturers are all very welcoming and you don’t feel at all intimidated to talk to them about any concern you have. Their doors are always open for a chat and they are happy to go through essay questions, feedback or just to talk about how you’re getting on."
About the information on this page
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