BA Classical Studies (Q810)

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UCAS code Q810
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 22

About BA Classical Studies

Our Classical Studies BA offers you the flexibility to follow your own interests in classical civilisation by combining core units on Greco-Roman literature and culture with more specialised units on topics such as ancient literature, philosophy, history, art and archaeology.

In your first two years you will explore core topics in the literary and artistic culture of the ancient Greco-Roman world and consider its legacy in the modern world. You will also choose optional units from a wide range of topics in ancient literature, history and culture, some of which may be taken in other departments such as Archaeology and Anthropology or Theology. You may choose to study an ancient language, such as Greek, Latin or Sanskrit. There is also the possibility of study abroad in the second year.

In your third year you choose seminar-based special subjects and write a dissertation on your own specialist research project.

More about Classical Studies

Find out more about studying Classical Studies at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Studying Written Texts
  • Using Visual Culture
  • Two units from:
    • Art in the Ancient World
    • Epic
    • History of Thought
    • Greek and Roman Drama
  • Two option topics, e.g.:
    • The Archaeology of Myth
    • Ghosts, Death and the Afterlife
    • Homeric Society
    • Hellenistic World
    • Comedy
    • Pagan Religions
    • or Greek or Latin Language

Second year

  • The Classical Legacy
  • Approaches to Myth
  • Two units from:
    • Art in the Ancient World
    • Epic
    • History of Thought
    • Greek and Roman Drama
  • Two option topics (as above) or Greek or Latin Language

Third year

  • Four units chosen from special subject seminars, e.g.:
    • Receptions of Greek Tragedy
    • Configurations of Gender and Sexuality
    • Emotions in the Ancient World
    • Cinematic Antiquity
    • Time, Temporality and Texts
    • The Senses
    • The Minoans
    • or Greek or Latin language/literature units
  • Dissertation.
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Typical offer for BA Classical Studies - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB (see Academic qualifications for preferred subjects)
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB (see Academic qualifications for preferred subjects)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34  overall to include 17 points at Higher Level (see Academic qualifications for preferred subjects)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level (see Academic qualifications for preferred subjects)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities preferred) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Distinctions may be required in specific units.
BTEC offer DDD. Distinctions may be requested in particular units.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB (see Academic qualifications for preferred subjects)
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

The following subjects are preferred: Classical Civilisation; History or Ancient History; English Literature; History of Art; Philosophy; Religious Studies.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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