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Classical Studies & French with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Study the Ancient Greek and Roman world combined with French all in a central London location. This is a four-year degree, with your third year spent abroad in a French speaking country – with opportunities across France, Switzerland, Martinique and Canada amongst others. Together with your continuing work on French language, you will be able to conduct in-depth comparisons of ancient and modern cultures, through their literature, philosophy and thought, history or art.

As a joint honours course, your time will be split equally between the Classics and French departments.

 

Key benefits

Classics

  • Top five for Classics & Ancient History in the UK (QS World Rankings 2018), our Department is renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.

  • King’s Classics Department is one of the 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 courses 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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French
  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.

  • The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries currently including Paris Sorbonne (IV), Université Paris X Nanterre, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique), Université de Provence, Université de Montréal, Université de Poitiers, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Sciences Po (Lyon), Université de Genève, Université Laval, Université de Strasbourg. The year abroad also offers the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/ work placement in a French-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

  • Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King’s are highly employable.

  • All students follow required modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code QR81

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics Department of French

Locations

 

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Undergraduate study

With a strong tradition stretching back almost 200 years, the department’s focus spans across Ancient History, Classical Art and Archaeology, Ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature and thought, and Byzantine and Modern Greek studies. Find out more about the Department of Classics

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Course detail

Description

Our Classical Studies & French BA is a high-quality course that will enhance your knowledge of the Classics and of French language and culture. You will develop your critical analysis and independent thought process through researching an exciting and diverse range of modules. The Classics modules will cover topics including Greek and Latin, literature and philosophy.

This degree is a four-year course that comprises optional and required modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits, and your third year will be spent studying in a French-speaking country developing your modern language skills. The flexibility of the course means that you can freely explore all aspects of the cultures of French and Francophone language, literature and culture; as well as studying Latin and ancient Greek languages and literature.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars 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

Your third year of study will be spent abroad at one of our partner institutions which include:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, Caribbean
  • University of Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Lyon II
  • IEP Lyon
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Poitiers
  • Sciences-Po (IEP Paris)
  • Sorbonne IV (Paris)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • École Normale Supérieure  (Paris)
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Université Paris X Nanterre.

You may also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or undertake an internship/work placement in a French-speaking environment.

Structure

Year 1

 

 

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

Required Modules

Classical Studies

There are no required Classics modules for this year of study.

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

  • French Core Language (30 credits)
  • Introduction to French Literature (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Classical Studies

You are required to take 60 credits, which may include 30-credits of Greek or Latin language acquisition from a range of optional Classics modules which may typically include:

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 2 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 2 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3 (30 credits)
  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600) (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Working with Greek & Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Byzantium and Modern Greece: the Greek-speaking world from 330 AD to today (15 credits)
  • Receptions of the past: The Hellenic world from antiquity to today (15 credits)

With the approval of the programme convenor, you can also choose to take 15 credits from any of the first year modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes.

French

There are no optional modules for this year of study.

Year 2

Required Modules

Classical Studies

There are no required Classical studies modules in year 2.

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

  • Core Language (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Classical Studies

You are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: 

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)
  • Art & Power in the Age of Alexander (Hellenistic Art I) (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • From Sulla to Caesar: the fall of the Roman Republic (15 credits)
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History & Society (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Homer (15 credits)
  • Myth & literature: ancient stories, modern meanings (15 credits)
  • Death in Greek Literature (15 credits)
  • Virgil’s Aeneid (15 credits)
  • The Art of Acquisition: Conquest, Collection & the Rise of Rome (Hellenistic Art II) (15 credits)
  • Building Greece (15 credits)
  • Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Democracy, Empire & War: Greece 446-338 BC (15 credits)
  • The Late Roman World, AD 337-425 (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Wisdom & the Divine: ancient Greek philosophy & religion (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality II (15 credits)
  • Latin Lyric Poetry (15 credits)
  • The Novels of Nikos Kazantzakis & the Ancient World (15 credits)

French

You will then select 30 credits from a range of French optional modules, which may typically include: 

  • Death & Desire: love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)

Year 3

Your third year of study will be spent abroad at one of our partner institutions which include:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, Caribbean
  • University of Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Lyon II
  • IEP Lyon
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Poitiers
  • Sciences-Po (IEP Paris)
  • Sorbonne IV (Paris)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • École Normale Supérieure  (Paris)
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Université Paris X Nanterre.

You may also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or undertake an internship/work placement in a French-speaking environment.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules

Classical Studies

There are no required Classical studies modules in this year of study.

French

You are required to take the following modules:

  • French language (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

Classical Studies

You will take 60 credits from a wide range of Classics modules, which may typically include: 

  • Minoans and Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture (30 credits)
  • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (30 credits)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • The History & Theory of Ancient Slavery (30 credits)
  • Greek Religion (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • Streetwise: narrating the city in classical literature (30 credits)
  • Neronian Literature and Culture (30 credits)
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the Beyond (30 credits)
  • Living for ever: fame and glory from Homeric heroes to Roman emperors (and beyond) (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Descent to the Underworld: transformations of a myth (15 credits)
  • Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys and Greece (15 credits)
  • Origins of Nations and nationalism: identity in the Hellenic world (15 credits)
  • Venice: history and art (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Poetry (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Poetry (15 credits)

French

You will then select 45 credits from a wide range of French optional modules, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Contemporary women's writing in French (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)
  • Old French Romance (15 credits)
  • Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents (15 credits)
  • Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the 'New World.'  (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France (15 credits)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

French.

Preferred subjects

Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred.

Further information and other requirements


A-level

AAB

Must include grade A in French. 

Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

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.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

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.

Additionally, applicants will need to offer A-level French grade A (or equivalent). Preferred subjects at Level 3: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in French. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

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

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including French at grade A.

or

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including French at grade A.

Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including French at grade A.

or

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including French at grade A.

Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including French at grade A.

or

M with two A levels at grades AA, including French at grade A.

Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher French. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Must include 665 at Higher Level including Higher Level 6 in French. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. 

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2)

Other International Qualifications

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

Band B

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language 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 15th 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.

Interview: Applicants invited for interview will be interviewed for between 20 and 30 minutes, wherever possible by two members of the academic staff. They will have the opportunity to ask questions of their own, both about the programme applied for, and about the Department and College more generally. Tours of the Strand Campus and the Maughan Library may also be available.

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.

Offer: For applicants who have not completed school qualifications, offers are usually within the range of AAB-ABB at A-level, or equivalent. We understand that applicants come from different backgrounds, and that their academic potential is not always accurately reflected in their school performance at the time of application. Individual offers are conditioned by a range of factors, including such contextual information as the performance of the school or college attended.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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). 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

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

  • 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 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 of the department 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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