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Admissions Tutor

Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin

Email: classicsoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4571

More Information

Subject area:

Classical World

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department website:

Greek and Latin

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

65% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
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Ancient World with a Year Abroad BA

UCAS code: Q806

This four-year programme follows the same curriculum as the Ancient World BA, but offers the additional opportunity to spend the third year abroad at an approved university in Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain or Switzerland.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, Mathematics at grade C and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C (to be attained prior to admission).

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.

This flexible programme offers an almost entirely free choice of courses covering classical literature, history and archaeology, and does not require prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. In the first year, all students must take at least 1.0 credits of either Latin or Greek – they continue with this same language in the next year to complete the 1.5 credit requirement. All students must take one history course, one archaeology course, and one compulsory core course in their first year. The third year will be spent abroad, and in the fourth year, students must take the Extended Essay option.

Your learning

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.

Degree structure

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Approaches to the Ancient World
1.0 credits of Latin or Greek
0.5 - 1.0 credits of a modern language (depending on prior proficiency)

Optional courses

You will select your remaining credits from a wide range of optional courses, to include:

At least one archaeology course
At least one history course

Year Two

Compulsory course

0.5 credits of the Ancient Language chosen in the first year
0.5 - 1.0 credits of a modern language (depending on prior proficiency)

Optional courses

You will select your remaining credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Year Three

Year abroad at an approved university.

Final Year

Compulsory course

Essay on an approved subject

Optional courses

You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Further details on department website: Ancient World with a Year Abroad BA


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 Ancient World with a Year Abroad 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 destinations (2009-2012) of recent graduates from the Ancient World BA at UCL include:

  • Curator, English Heritage (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Classics at UCL (2010)
  • Information Centres Assistant, George Abbott School (2009)
  • Visitor Assistant, The Roman Trust (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

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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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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