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Overview

The Classics (Greek & Latin) BA is an interdisciplinary course that will allow you to explore aspects of the classical world through the development of your skills in Ancient Greek and Latin, and by reading ancient texts in their original form. No prior knowledge of either Ancient Greek or Latin is necessary as we offer innovative pathways to support your rapid acquisition of practical skills in these languages. You will develop and hone your language skills, reaching an advanced level of reading proficiency in Greek and Latin literature by year 3.

Key benefits

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

  • With our new pathways, you may apply for Classics (Greek & Latin) without having studied Latin or Greek at school.

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

  • The department stages an annual Greek play in the original language, providing students with an opportunity to experience and participate in the Greek dramatic tradition.

  • Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and other cultural institutions, which are incorporated into undergraduate teaching.

  • Graduates go into a wide range of professions, including law, government service, journalism, teaching and the financial services industries.

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Key information

UCAS code Q800

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Classics

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Description

The Classics (Greek & Latin) BA course embraces the study of all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome. You will benefit from approaching the subject from a variety of angles including literary, philosophical, religion, archaeology and historical. You will also be encouraged to research the many intellectual and political ways in which the Classical world connects to the modern world in which we live. The diverse range of study module options will offer enormous flexibility to your study pathway. You will learn to think critically and independently about the subjects you encounter in your studies, and acquire a range of skills that will support your intellectual, vocational and personal development. The course is comprised of 360 credits in total and is studied over three years. Each year, you will study a set number of modules directly related to Greek and Latin, and then choose from a wide selection of optional interdepartmental modules allowing you to widely explore all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome.

Teaching style

We use lectures, workshops and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

Greek Play

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.

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.

Classics Society

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.

Iris Project

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.

Study abroad
It is easier now than ever before to spend part of your time as a King's student studying abroad. Second year students have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of their second year or for the whole of their second year. Partner universities currently include:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Toronto (Full year only)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)
  • University of Sydney

Find out more about studying abroad

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

Year 1

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 modules will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take up modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules

If you have not studied ancient languages previously, you must take the following 30-credit modules:

  • Working with Greek and Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction
  • Beginning Greek language
  • Beginning Latin language
  • Introduction to the Study of Greek and Latin

You must also study an intensive 15-credit three-week Summer School module in either Intermediate Latin or Intermediate Greek in between the first and second years.

If you have studied Greek and or Latin at A-level, you will be required to study the following modules:

  • Working with Greek and Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction
  • Greek Language 1, 2 or 3 depending on language experience
  • Latin Language 1, 2 or 3, depending on language experience
Optional Modules

Additionally, you will take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, (each worth 30 or 15 credits), which may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

You may study modules from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities with the approval of the programme convenor.

Year 2

You will take a range of core and optional modules in year two. 

You also have the opportunity to study abroad for either the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the second year. Partner institutions currently include:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Toronto (Full year only)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)
  • University of Sydney
Required Modules

You will select modules totalling 60 credits from a wide range of options (each worth 30 or 15 credits), which may typically include:  

  • Greek 3A
  • Latin 3A
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Prose
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Verse
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse
  • Greek Texts: Prose
  • Greek Texts: Drama
  • Greek Texts: Poetry
  • Latin Texts: Prose
  • Latin Texts: Drama
  • Latin Texts: Verse

 

Optional Modules

You will choose modules (each worth 30 or 15 credits) totalling 60 credits which may typically include:

  • Homer
  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Latin Love Elegy
  • Pompeii: History and Society
  • Ancient Sexuality I
  • Who Needs Myth?

For those who have never studies an ancient language, the intensive 15-credit three-week Summer School module will count towards these 60 credits.

Year 3

Required Modules

You will study modules totalling 60 credits in Latin and Greek language (each worth 30 or 15 credits), including modules with a close reading of texts such as:

  • Introductory Greek Texts: Prose
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Verse
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse
  • Greek Texts: Prose
  • Greek Texts: Drama
  • Greek Texts: Poetry
  • Latin Texts: Prose
  • Latin Texts: Drama
  • Latin Texts: Verse
Optional Modules

You will also choose modules (each worth 30 or 15 credits) totalling 60 credits which may typically include:

  • Dissertation
  • Living forever: fame and glory from Homeric heroes to Roman emperors (and beyond)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda
  • Streetwise: narrating the city in classical literature
  • Neronian Literature and Culture
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond
  • Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys and Greece
  • Descent to the Underworld: transformations of a myth

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

Latin or Ancient Greek (if available at your school – alternative pathway available if not).

Preferred subjects

Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Applicants would normally also need to offer A-level grade A (or equivalent) in Latin or Ancient Greek, but if study of these are not available at your school or college you may still be considered for our alternative pathway. Preferred other subjects at Level 3: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Cambridge Pre-U Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including Latin or Classical Greek at D3 (or, rf you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not available at your school, you may still be considered for our alternative pathway.) Preferred subjects: 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 AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Latin or Classical Greek at grade A. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. If you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not available at your school, you may still be considered for our alternative pathway.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Latin or Classical Greek at grade A. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. If you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not available at your school, you may still be considered for our alternative pathway.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Latin or Classical Greek at grade A. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. If you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not available at your school, you may still be considered for our alternative pathway.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Latin or Classical Greek  (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. If you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not  available at your school or college you may still be considered for our alternative pathway.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Latin or Classical Greek at grade HL 6.Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. If you meet these grade requirements, but Latin or Greek were not available at your school or college you may still be considered for our alternative pathway. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

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 15 2018.

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.
 

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of professions, including law, banking, the civil service, information technology, librarianship, education, heritage industries, the media, journalism and the performing arts; While others choose to stay and pursue postgraduate qualifications 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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