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Greek and English BA

This three-year programme offers the opportunity to develop expertise in an ancient language and in ancient culture more generally, simultaneously with an appreciation of English literature and its history, and the myriad connections between the two. Currently run in its ‘Greek and English’ form, the programme will also be offered to those of you interested in specialising in Ancient Greek.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Q7Q3
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Ancient Greek and English 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
AAB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Ancient Greek and English at grade A required.

IB Diploma

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

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Greek and English 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 Greek and English at D3

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

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

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

  • Study in two top-rated departments (Guardian University Guide 2018) in one of the world's top-rated universities (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • You will have access to an unparalleled range of options, from Roman Love Poetry and Roman Satire to Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, the Eighteenth Century and Modern Literature.

  • 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) at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre. The English Society also supports theatre productions, as well as social activities, speaker events, and contributing to UCL Festival of the Arts.

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).

Each year you will take 120 credits, divided evenly between Greek and English.

You must take 30 credits in Ancient Greek at a level appropriate to your previous experience every year. In addition there are compulsory modules including: Interpreting Greek Literature, Narrative Texts, Cultural and Intellectual Sources in year one, Classics and Literary Theory in year two, and an interdisciplinary extended essay in year three.

Remaining optional modules may be selected from the range offered by UCL Greek & Latin and UCL English. Students on this degree programme may not take elective modules in other departments.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Greek & Latin Department modules:

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

CLAS0005 Interpreting Greek Literature (15 credits, level 4)


English Department modules:
ENGL0002 Narrative Texts (level 4) and ENGL0052 Intellectual and Cultural Sources (30 credits, level 4)

Modern Foreign Language Requirement

At least 15 credits of a modern foreign language (depending on prior proficiency)

Optional modules

Greek & Latin Department modules:
Up to 15 credits (for a total of 120 credits for the year) from Greek and Latin modules at the appropriate level, either in the original or in translation.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Greek & Latin Department modules:
30 credits of Greek at a level appropriate to your experience (GREK****); CLAS0020 Classics and Literary Theory (15 credits, level 6)

English Department modules:

60 credits at level 5 or above from the wide range of second- and third-year modules available in UCL English (excluding Critical Commentary and Analysis). Students on this degree programme may not take elective modules in other departments.

Optional modules

Greek & Latin Department modules:
You will select 15 credits from all Greek & Latin modules, either in the original or in translation, at level 5 or above.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Greek & Latin Department modules:
30 credits of Greek at a level appropriate to your experience (GREK****); 15 credit, level 6, Greek and English extended essay (GREK0012)

English Department modules:

You will select 60 credits at level 6 from the wide range of second- and third-year modules available in UCL English (excluding Critical Commentary and Analysis). Students on this degree programme may not take elective courses in other departments.

Optional modules

Greek & Latin Department modules
15 credits from all Greek & Latin modules, either in the original or in translation, at level 5 or above.


Your learning

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some modules will involve student presentations. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor with whom you will review your progress on a regular basis.

In the English Department students will be producing two tutorial essays a term (one for each of their English modules) for one-to-one tutorials with their Personal Tutor.

Assessment

The modules will be examined by a mixture of essays, end-of-year examinations, and a compulsory final-year extended essay based on supervised independent research (overseen by the Greek & Latin department). Some Greek language modules involve in-class tests and grammar quizzes.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Greek and English BA.

Careers

Graduates of Greek and English may acquire a thorough grounding in the skills of expression and analysis, and a refined sensibility of cultural appreciation and analysis. The degree is rigorous and will open up a wide range of career possibilities including culture and the arts, media, law, finance, management and consultancy, 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 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£21,260 (2020/21)

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. 

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.

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. 

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 to highlight your interest in and passion for the subjects in your personal statement. 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 2020



Selection

Each application is assessed carefully. Applications first shortlisted by UCL Greek & Latin will be passed to UCL English for consideration. UK-based candidates with strong UCAS applications will then be shortlisted for interview with two members of staff in UCL English.

After the interview, applicants will be asked to write a short, forty-minute essay on a piece of unseen (English) poetry or prose. Candidates based outside the UK will not be interviewed, but may be asked to complete a written exercise and return it by email instead.

Those candidates who have been made an offer will be invited to an offer-holders' open day at UCL Greek & Latin, 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.