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Classical Studies & Comparative Literature BA

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Overview

Discover how the great works of classical antiquity are interwoven into subsequent literature, and set Greece and Rome in a context spanning 12 languages and 6 continents. In addition to studying the ancient world and its legacy, you will receive training in the practices, methodologies and theories of comparative study. Your time will be split equally between the Classics and Comparative Literature departments.


Key benefits

Classics:

  • One of the very best classics departments in the country, renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.

  • King's Classics is the third largest in the UK, with unique coverage from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece.

  • Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and the Museum of London, which are incorporated into undergraduate teaching.

  • Degree programmes combine focus and flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests.

  • Graduates are equipped with analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, leading to careers in heritage-related professions, the media, education, civil service and the performing arts.

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Comparative Literature
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  • The course draws on the teaching and research expertise of some of the highest ranked literature departments in the UK.

  • Flexible degree programme – students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses across a number of departments.

  • Central location offers students the opportunity to benefit from London’s unique cultural resources.


Key information

UCAS code QQ28

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics,Department of Comparative Literature

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAA

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Required grades:

85% overall

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

English Literature, or English Language and Literature (A-level or equivalent), and a modern or ancient language (GCSE grade A equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants will also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in English Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other level 3 subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including English Literature at D3. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature. Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including English Literature at A). If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A. Preferred other subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL6 in English Literature). Additionally, GCSE (or equivalent) grade A in a modern/ancient language relevant to the programme. Preferred subjects: Modern or ancient language, Classical civilisation, Ancient History, or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

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Course detail

Description

This programme combines the comparative study of world literature with special attention to the literatures and cultures of the Classical world. Many of the staff in both Classics and Comparative Literature research how these classical works have influenced later literature, but from different viewpoints – you will have the opportunity to compare these different approaches as well as literary genres, themes and contexts.

The Department of Comparative Literature at King's includes 12 languages and 6 continents, and spans over 2,500 years. Unlike many other programmes, our degree extends beyond the modern literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, China, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

King's Department of Classics is acknowledged as one of the very best in the country, for stimulating teaching and overall quality of student experience as well as for cutting-edge research; the variety and flexibility of its teaching fully reflects the richness of the subject. Classics embraces the cultures of Greece and Rome (their languages, literature, thought, religion, art, archaeology and history) and their influence on later ages. The department of Comparative Literature provides research-led teaching with a unique global and historical reach acoss the world's literatures. While developing existing strengths in modern Europe and the Americas, in recent years we have expanded into Middle Eastern, Asian and African literature.

Studying Greek and Latin is encouraged, and, if pursued, you would be studying major works of classical literature in the original language by the end of your degree. You may also begin or continue other languages at our Modern Language Centre, or take options from the departments of French, German, Spanish or Film Studies.

Study abroad
Selected students in year 2 have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for either one semester or the entire year. Destinations include Sydney, Hong Kong, Sorbonne, Bologna, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (Munich) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Greek Play
Every year (since 1953), students in the Department of Classics have produced and performed a Greek play - the only production in the UK to be performed annually in the original Greek. Read more about the Greek Play (and its history) at King's: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/greek/index.aspx

Rumble Fund
In 2013 the Department of Classics created the Rumble Fund following a generous donation by a former student. This fund is used each year to pay for a group of students to visit classical lands as part of their degree programme. More information on this unique opportunity can be found on the website:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/rumblefund.aspx

Teaching style

Teaching in the Department of Classics takes a wide variety of forms, including language-classes, large-group lectures, seminars, and individual supervisions. The particular mix will depend in part on your year of study and in part on the combination of courses you choose. A number of courses involve museum and gallery visits, field trips, and the use of study collections; a growing number have their own web resources and e-discussion groups. Seminar presentations and discussion are important in the first- and second-year modules. One-to-one supervision is a special feature of the third-year dissertation. This range of teaching will equip you with the transferable skills of analysis and presentation that employers value.

Structure of course and assessment

Our degree programmes combine focus and flexibility. In each programme you take a set number of modules directly related to the programme subject and then choose from a wide selection of optional modules. A generous allowance of free choice means that you can explore much more widely all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examinations.

Location

London is a superb place to study and experience the Greek and Roman worlds, and all the major resources are within easy reach (and often walking distance) from the centrally located Department of Classics at King's. The British Museum houses one of the world's premier collections of not only Greek and Roman but also Egyptian and Mesopotamian archaeology and art, and is supplemented in this by the Soane Museum, the Museum of London, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. We collaborate closely with the British Museum in our undergraduate teaching.

The major London galleries are full of classically-themed work, just as central London is full of Neoclassical, Greek revival and other classically-inspired buildings. Classical and classically-inspired drama can be experienced first-hand more richly and more frequently in London theatres than anywhere else in the world.

For libraries, normal student needs are served by King's Maughan Library and Information Services Centre, as well as the University of London (Senate House) Library; for the investigation of special topics, there are the world-class research collections of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg Institute.

Special notes

The King’s Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek. Students (with all levels of Greek) participate in the direction, production and performance of the play, bringing to the stage playwrights from Aeschylus to Aristophanes.

Students run the Classics Society, which publishes the Satyrica newsletter and organizes regular lectures, theatre outings, themed parties, private tours around museums, nights out and trips abroad – in recent years, group expeditions have been made to Italy and Turkey.

The department also promotes teaching Latin in disadvantaged primary schools through the Iris Project; this offers students a highly unusual experience that is both enriching and will impress future employers.

All students are offered the unique opportunity to study abroad as part of a Classics degree at King’s, and recent popular destinations include The University of California and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Our students also have opportunities to attend the annual summer schools at the British Schools in Athens and Rome, and participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and Italy, as well as further afield.

Structure

  • King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any particular optional course will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.


    Compulsory modules:

    • What is Comparative Literature?

    • Comparative Literature: Theoretical Foundations

    First year students choose from a range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's (including modules offered by the departments of English, Film Studies, French, German and Spanish), which would typically include options such as:

    • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction

    • Reading Modern Poetry Comparatively: Greek / English

    • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600)

    • Genres of world literature

    • Beginners or intermediate Ancient Greek or Latin

    • Ours Once More: Perceptions of the Past in the Greek World

    • Writing London

    View full descriptions of Classical Studies modules and Comparative Literature modules.


  • Second year students choose from a range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's (including modules offered by the departments of American Studies, English, Film Studies, French, German and Spanish), which would typically include options such as:

    • Myth and Literature: ancient stories, modern meanings

    • Adventures in Ancient Greek Drama

    • Literature of Empire

    • Virgil’s Aeneid

    • Romantic Britain and Italy

    • Female voices in Greek and Latin literature

    • The Ancient & Early Medieval Book

    • Roman Drama

    View full descriptions of Classical Studies modules and Comparative Literature modules.


  • All final year students are required to research and write a Comparative Literature dissertation on a topic involving Classics.

    Final year students choose from a range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's (including modules offered by the departments of English, Film Studies, French, German and Spanish), which would typically include options such as:

    • Performance literature in antiquity

    • Descent to the Underworld: transformations of a tradition

    • Ovid through the ages

    • Literature and partition

    • An introduction to classical reception studies in sixteen encounters

    • Theory of Literature

    View full descriptions of Classical Studies modules and Comparative Literature modules.


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Career prospects

A King’s Classics degree will equip you with the transferable skills of research, analysis, presentation and critical thinking that are valued by future employers. Our alumni enter a wide range of professions, including law, banking, the civil service, information technology, librarianship, education, heritage industries, the media, journalism and the performing arts. A significant proportion proceed into higher professional or academic qualifications, often pursuing postgraduate degrees at King’s.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as
• Assistant Tax Advisor, Ernst & Young
• Human Resources Administrator, Health resources International
• Web Administrator, Intrico Products Ltd
• Illustrator, Self Employed Illustrator
• Marketing and Publishing Graduate scheme, the telegraph Media group
• Research Intern, Environment Agency
• Sales Operations Admin, Associated Press TV news
• Latin Teacher at a university
• Client Relations Associate, Fidelity Investment Managers
• Customer Management Executive, CMC Markets
• Senior Course Support Assistant, Coventry University

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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