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Life Learning and Certificate of Higher Education in the Classical World

γηράσκω δ᾽ αἰεὶ πολλὰ διδασκόμενος

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Explore the rich heritage of Greece and Rome at one of the finest departments for the study of the ancient world, rated highly for its teaching and consistently outstanding in its research.

What is Life Learning?

Life Learning is a chance for you to follow one or two of our modules without enrolling fully as a student.

The Department of Greek and Latin at UCL has an unrivalled range of modules, some taught in the original languages, some taught in translation. Most of these modules are available outside our degree programmes for those wishing to study for personal development or intellectual pleasure. The Department regularly admits Life Learning students, provided that they have the appropriate pre-requisite for the module(s) in which they are interested. (We also have to make sure that there is space on particular modules for existing students within the Department, but this does not usually present problems.) LL students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: retired people, mature students wishing to prepare for full-time education in the future, general enthusiasts, former students from the Department who wish to keep their experience of the Classical World alive, and teachers wishing to broaden their repertoire have all applied to us in the past.

Modules run by the Department are scheduled at fixed times, which cannot be changed. Classes are timetabled between 9am and 6pm (see the Departmental module-list for further details). 

How does Life Learning work?

LL students participate in and contribute to modules in the same way as UCL students. However, LL is not formally accredited and students are not entitled to take the formal exam at the end of the year, although we have in the past allowed LL students to sit an exam informally within the department if they wish to. Once they have been admitted to the Department, LL students are entitled to have access to the UCL library with reference rights only.  If they wish to have borrowing rights, they need to request this from the Department who will arrange it with the UCL Library.  There is an extra fee of £150 for Library borrowing rights.  All cheques should be made payable to "University College London".

Current rates for LL students per course

For 2019/20: £360 per 15 credit module / £720 per 30 credit module.  All cheques should be made payable to "University College London".

How to Enrol

If you would like to undertake a module as a LL student (full course list below), please complete an enrolment form and return by post or by email.  The deadline for receipt of completed forms for enrolment on modules for 2019/20 for term one is Monday 16 September 2019, and Monday 2 December 2019 for term two.

If you have any further questions, please contact Stephanie Dutton for BA modules, or Alex Balciunas for MA modules.


What is the Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) in the Classical World?

This flexible programme is aimed at students who would like to obtain an academic qualification, but are not able to commit to a full degree programme straightaway. Students take 120 credits of undergraduate modules offered by UCL Greek and Latin, including at least 30 credits of language and at least 60 credits each of modules focusing on Greek and Roman material. By taking the CertHE you will earn credit which can be applied to a full degree-programme, should you so wish, in future years. The CertHE is cognate with the BA Classics, BA Classics with Study Abroad, the BA Ancient World, BA Ancient World with Study Abroad, BA Greek with Latin and BA Latin with Greek. 

How does the Certificate of Higher Education in the Classical World work?

CertHE students participate in and contribute to modules in the same way as other UCL students. The CertHE is formally accredited and students will submit coursework and take formal exams like any student on a full-degree pathway. There is little limit on the way in which 120 credits can be achieved, from a one-year full time programme to a four-year modular programme. Specific modules available in any given year are listed at our undergraduate modules pages.

Modes of Study

Full time

YEAR 1 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (30 credits)

GREK* / LATN* / CLAS* modules (60 credits)

Modules within the field of Classics (30 credits)

Part time

YEAR 1 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

GREK* / LATN* / CLAS* modules (30 credits)

Modules within the field of Classics (15 credits)

YEAR 2 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

GREK* / LATN* / CLAS* modules (30 credits)


Modules within the field of Classics (15 credits)

Modular

YEAR 1 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

GREK* / LATN* / CLAS* modules (15 credits)

YEAR 2 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

GREK* / LATN* / CLAS* modules (15 credits)

YEAR 3 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

Modules within the field of Classics (15 credits)

YEAR 4 
COMPULSORY

GREK* / LATN* language modules (15 credits)

Modules within the field of Classics (15 credits)

 †The Classics field of study is defined as including all modules that relate to any aspect of Graeco-Roman antiquity, the Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, the ancient languages of this area, and other Indo-European languages. All GREK*,LATN* and CLAS* modules are considered within the field.

Current rates for CertHE students per course

For 2018/19:

UK / EU:

  • 15 credit module; £1156.25
  • 30 credit module; £2312.50
How to Enrol

If you would like to enrol for the CertHE, please complete the application form below and return it to UCL Admissions. The deadline for receipt of completed application forms is 30th June for an starting in the autumn of the same calendar year. 

If you have any further questions, please contact Stephanie Dutton or the Undergraduate Admission Tutor.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of either:

  1. Access to Higher Education Courses or
  2. Foundation Level Open University courses or
  3. three A-Levels at AAB (no specific subjects) or equivalent (GCSEs to include English Language at grade B or 6, Mathematics at grade C or 5 and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C or 5 or equivalent).

Alternative qualifications may be accepted (for details contact Department).

Taster Days and Summer Schools

If you do not wish to study for a full term or year and rather just want a brief insight into Classics, please come to one of our Taster Days or Summer Schools.