BA English and Classical Studies (QQ38)

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UCAS code QQ38
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 8
Number of applications for 2015/16 57

About BA English and Classical Studies

Our Joint Honours English and Classical Studies degree combines investigation of the ancient Greco-Roman world with the study of works from all periods of English literature, many of which reflect or reanimate ancient texts and topics.

Both halves of the course give you the opportunity to follow your own interests and particular enthusiasms through optional units. You can choose to learn Latin or Ancient Greek as well as Old English (Anglo Saxon) at beginner level, and may also study ancient arts, such as epic or drama, alongside their more modern forms in literature written in English.

Your dissertation in year three can draw on both degree subjects to discuss a topic that concerns both the ancient world and English literature.

More about English

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

Course structure

First year

  • Critical Issues
  • either Literature 1150-1550 or Literature 1550-1740
  • English optional unit
  • Studying Written Texts (or a language unit)
  • Classical Studies core unit (or a language unit)
  • Classical Studies option topic.

Second year

  • Either Literature 1740-1900 or Literature 1900-present
  • Earlier Literature option
  • any English special subject or optional unit
  • The Legacy of Classical Literature (or a language unit)
  • Classical studies core unit (or a language unit)
  • Classical studies option topic.

Third year

  • Later Literature option
  • Transhistorical option
  • either an English special subject or an English dissertation
  • either three Classical Studies special subjects/ancient language units or a Classics dissertation and one special subject/ancient language unit.

NB. You may not offer both an English and a Classics dissertation.

Further information about optional units

English first year options - topics may include: Critical Practice; Approaches to Poetry; Literature 1150-1550; Literature 1550-1740; Women Writers; Transformations; Texts in a Global Context.

Classical Studies first/second year option topics - recent examples: The Body in Antiquity; The Archaeology of Myth; Pagan Religions of the Roman Empire; Film and the Ancient Word; Greek Language; Latin Language.

English second/third year options - topics may include: Old English Language and Literature; Arthurian Literature; Writing the City: London 1550-1740; Twentieth Century American Literature; British and Irish Poetry 1900-present; Literatures of Slavery.

English second/third year special subjects - recent examples: American Masculinities; Black British Literature; Dangerous Books; Literature and the Sea; Modernism and the Body; Paradise Lost; The Uncanny; Utopian Literature; War Stories; Writing the Self.

View the BA English entry for more topic options and special subjects.

Classical Studies third year special subjects - recent examples: Pompeii; The Minoans; Thucydides and the Idea of History; Receptions of Greek Tragedy; Women and the Family in Ancient Greek Tragedy; Configurations of Gender and Sexuality; Cinematic Antiquity; Time, Temporality and Texts.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for English and Classical Studies

Typical offer for BA English and Classical Studies - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
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 (Arts or Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Additional written work may be required.
BTEC offer DDD plus A in A-level English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including English Literature
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 with 8.5 in English
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

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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