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Classics with Study Abroad BA

This four-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. The curriculum is the same as that of the Classics BA, with an additional opportunity to spend year three at an approved university abroad.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Q801
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Ancient/Classical Greek or Latin at grade A required.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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.

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Ancient/Classical Greek or Latin at grade A required.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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.

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Greek or Latin at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Greek or Latin at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Latin or Greek at D3

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Latin or Greek at grade A at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB, including Latin or Greek.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked in the top three universities in the UK for Classics by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

  • 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The main emphasis of the programme is on the study of Latin and Greek texts in the original language. The programme design is the same as for the Classics BA except that the degree includes an additional year, the third year, spent at an approved university in Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain or Switzerland. This offers you the chance to expand your knowledge and experience within your chosen academic field, as well as learning new skills and enjoying the culture of another country.

The programme also allows you to take modules from outside the Classical World area, for example in medieval or modern history, history of science or computing (in Year 2 and Year 4 together, candidates may take up to 30 credits, in total, not per year, of modules entirely outside the Classics field of study)

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Classics with Study Abroad.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

CLAS0005 Interpreting Greek Literature (15 credits)

CLAS0006 Interpreting Latin Literature (15 credits)

30 credits of Latin (LATN*) modules at a level appropriate to your experience (level 4 or above)

30 credits of Greek (GREK*) modules at a level appropriate to your experience (level 4 or above)

Up to 30 credits of a modern language (depending on prior proficiency) of the country intended to be visited in year three

Optional modules

Up to 30 credits of modules at level 4 or above (for a total of 120 credits for the year) either within the Classics field of study or outside of it.

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.

Compulsory module(s)

CLAS0020 Classics and Literary Theory (15 credits, level 6)

30 credits of Latin (LATN*) modules at a level appropriate to your experience (level 5 or above)

30 credits unit of Greek (GREK*) at a level appropriate to your experience (level 4 or above)

Up to 15 credits of a modern language (depending on prior proficiency) of the country intended to be visited in year three

Optional modules

Up to 45 credits of modules at level 5 or above (for a total of 120 credits for the year) either within the Classics field of study or outside of it.

In Year 2 and Year 4 together, students may take up to 30 credits (in total, not per year) of modules entirely outside the Classics field of study.

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.

Year abroad at an approved university.

CLAS0144 Greek and Latin Study Abroad 1 (60 credits, level 5)

CLAS0145 Greek and Latin Study Abroad 2 (60 credits, level 5)

Compulsory module(s)

30 credits of Latin (LATN*) modules at level 6

30 credits of Greek (GREK*) modules at level 6

Optional modules

60 credits of modules at level 6 either within the Classics field of study or outside of it.

In Year 2 and Year 4 together, students may take up to 30 credits (in total, not per year) of modules entirely outside the Classics field of study.

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.


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.

Assessment

Most modules combine both in-course continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few modules are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Classics with Study Abroad BA.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

Knowledge of languages such as Latin and Greek may 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 with Study 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 (classical and popular), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£23,300 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

There may be site visits within central London, incurring costs. Some modules may require the purchase of specific books. Module descriptions and recommended texts are outlined each year on the Greek and Latin website, normally from February of the preceding year. 

In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.


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