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Classics (Greek & Latin) BA

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Overview

Benefit from studying Classics from a wide variety of angles – exploring literature, philosophy, religion, archaeology and ancient history.

The Classics (Greek & Latin) BA embraces the study of all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome by developing your skills in Ancient Greek and Latin languages.

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, allowing you to reach an advanced level by Year 3.

Key benefits

  • Top five for Classics in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018), our Department is renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.
  • If you have never studied Latin or Greek at school you may still join the Classics BA in the second year, after completing a first year in another programme and provided certain preconditions are met (see below).
  • King’s Classics Department 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.
  • Collaborations with the British Museum and other cultural institutions, which are incorporated into our 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

Department Department of Classics

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Description

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 understanding of Ancient Greek and Latin, and by reading ancient texts in their original form.

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

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.

In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff to student contact. Our emphasis on small group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King's an excellent place to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include coursework essays, written examinations, and individual or 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 organises 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

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you are required to take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules in Year 1:

  • Greek & Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1, 2 or 3, depending on language experience (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1, 2 or 3, depending on language experience (30 credits)
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 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c 1200 BC–AD 600) (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)

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

Year 2

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

You are required to select modules totalling at least 60 credits from a range of options in Latin and Greek languages (each module is worth 30 or 15 credits), that may typically include:

  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Drama (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Poetry (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Drama (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)

Second year students are also required to take 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules, each worth 30 or 15 credits, which may typically include:

  • Homer (15 credits)
  • Virgil’s Aeneid (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History & Society (15 credits)
  • Who Needs Myth? (15 credits)
  • Art & Empire: the Legacy of Byzantium (15 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)

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

Year 3

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 3.

Optional Modules

You are required to take at least 60 credits from modules in Latin and Greek language from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Introductory Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Drama (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Poetry (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:
  • Minoans & Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians & Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • Streetwise: Narrating the City in Classical Literature (30 credits)
  • Neronian Literature & Culture (30 credits)
  • Plato’s Myths: the Soul, Desire & the Beyond (30 credits)
  • Romanticism & Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys & Greece (15 credits)
  • Descent to the Underworld: Transformations of a Myth (15 credits)
  • Hollywood Stardom Ancient Style: Actors, Musicians & Dancers in the Greek & Roman world (15 credits)

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.

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

Latin or Ancient Greek

Preferred subjects

Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred.

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB

Including grade A in Latin or Ancient Greek.

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

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.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 Including grade D3 in Latin or Ancient Greek
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 Ancient Greek at grade A.
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 Ancient Greek at grade A.
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 Ancient Greek at grade A.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Including grade A in Advanced Higher Latin or Ancient Greek

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.

International Baccalaureate 35 points Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with Latin or Ancient Greek at grade HL 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
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 2020

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 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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). 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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