Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin
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Fees and Funding
UK & EU Fee
General Funding Notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
UCAS Code: Q800
This three-year programme offers the opportunity to develop expertise in two ancient languages simultaneously, focusing on the study of Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature. Essay work helps students to develop a sophisticated approach to the Ancient World.
|Subjects||Greek or Latin grade A required.|
|AS Levels||A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Greek or Latin at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- One of the top-rated Classics departments in one of the world's top-rated universities, and one of the top three classics departments in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise.
- You will have access to an unparalleled range of options, from Roman Love Poetry to Greek Palaeography, from Ancient Greek Religion to Roman Epic.
- UCL has excellent library facilities, and is ideally situated close to world-renowned resources such as the British Museum, the British Library, and the Institute of Classical Studies.
- The lively student-run Classical Society organises an annual Classics play (a Greek or Latin drama in translation) shown at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as other events.
The main emphasis of the programme is on the study of Latin and Greek texts in the original language. Each year students take a total of 4.0 course credits. The choice of options is very wide, but the language element follows a set pattern. Students must take at least 1.0 credits of Latin-based courses, and at least 1.0 credits of Greek-based courses per year. In addition, there are some compulsory core-courses in the first and second years involving texts in translation. The wide range of options includes philosophy and science, ancient history and the various branches of archaeology.
The programme also allows you to take courses from outside the Classical World area, for example in a modern language, medieval or modern history, history of science or computing (a maximum of 1.0 credits in the first year, and 1.0 credits in the second and third years together).
In the second and third years, in certain circumstances, you may drop either Latin or Greek and concentrate on the other, leading to a qualification title of Greek with Latin BA or Latin with Greek BA.
You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some sessions involve direct study of artefacts, including access to the collections of the British Museum.
Most courses combine both in-course continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few courses are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
Knowledge of languages such as Latin and Greek will allow you to develop mental agility and versatility, equipping you with the ability (amongst other things) to learn modern languages with comparative ease, opening up a wider range of possibilities in the future.
The Classics BA is a rigorous and broad-ranging degree which qualifies you for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. The Classical Society hosts regular talks from former students which may help guide you in your future career choices.
Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classic and popular), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:
- Estate Agent, Foxtons (2010)
- Underwriting Assistant, Lloyds of London (2010)
- Full-time student, MA in Ancient History at UCL (2010)
- Assurance Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2009)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Entry to the degree is competitive so it is important you highlight your interest in and passion for the subject in your application. In addition to meeting the academic standards stated, we look for dedication and self-motivation, good communication skills and a real enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Each application is carefully assessed. Those candidates being considered for an offer will be invited to an applicant open day, which will include a lunch with staff and current students where you can discuss the degree programme, living in London and studying at UCL, and take a tour of the campus.
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