BA Classics (Q800)

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UCAS code Q800
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 28

About BA Classics

Our Classics BA focuses on the study and appreciation of a wide spectrum of Greek and Roman literature, read both in English translation and in the original Greek and Latin.

Languages are taught at all levels and you will be assigned to the language level that reflects your own prior experience of Greek or Latin. Some classes concentrate upon building and developing language and translation skills, while others focus upon literary criticism and engagement with the text.

In years one and two you will study both Greek and Latin. You will also choose optional units from literature, philosophy, art, and political, social or cultural history. Some of these units may be taken in collaboration with other departments. There is 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 Classics

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

Course structure

First year

  • Latin Language
  • Greek Language
  • Two option topics, e.g.:
    • The Archaeology of Myth
    • Ghosts, Death and the Afterlife
    • Homeric Society
    • Hellenistic World
    • Epic
    • Comedy
    • Greek and Roman Drama
    • Pagan Religions

Second year

  • Latin Language
  • Greek Language
  • Two option topics (as above)

Third year

  • Two units of Greek and/or Latin language
  • Two special subjects, e.g.:
    • Thucydides and the Idea of History
    • Pompeii
    • Receptions of Greek Tragedy
    • Configurations of Gender and Sexuality
    • Emotions in the Ancient World
    • Cinematic Antiquity
    • Time, Temporality and Texts
    • The Senses
    • The Minoans
  • Dissertation.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Classics

Typical offer for BA Classics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA All applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning. See Academic qualifications for preferred subjects.
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB All applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning. See Academic qualifications for preferred subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level. See Academic qualifications for preferred subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 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. All applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning. See Academic qualifications for preferred subjects.
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities) 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. All applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning. See Academic qualifications for preferred subjects.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA. 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 offer85% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

The following subjects are preferred: English Language and Literature; History; Latin; Classical Greek; Classical Civilisation; Ancient History; any foreign language. Prior knowledge of Latin and Greek is not required, but all applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning. This could be through a GCSE in a modern or ancient language, or a Latin or Greek short course or other accredited programme.

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 A
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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For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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