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BA Classics (Q800)

Course overview

BA Classics (Q800)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

6 year(s) part-time

Part-time study with daytime, weekday teaching.

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Part-time: Contact artf-ugoffice@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to apply.


£9,250 per year, home students

£24,500 per year, international students

Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.


Clifton campus

Our BA Classics degree focuses on the study and appreciation of a wide spectrum of Greek and Latin literature. Languages are taught at all levels, from absolute beginner onward. Some classes concentrate on building and developing language and translation skills; others focus on literary criticism and engagement with the text.

In the first two years you will study both Greek and Latin language and literature as well as choosing from optional units on a wide range of topics, including Graeco-Roman literature, philosophy and art. There is the possibility of studying abroad for one semester in the second year. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.

In your third year you will continue to study at least one language and choose from a range of special subject seminars based on our academics' wide range of research interests. Working in co-operation with a supervisor, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will also take the Applied Classics unit, which involves planning, marketing and executing a project aimed at presenting and communicating some aspect of the ancient world to the wider public.

Course structure

Your degree combines core modules in Latin and Greek with optional ones, to allow you to shape your degree according to your own interests, and to explore material of your choosing in more detail. The core modules constitute two thirds of your units for the first two years of the degree: in each teaching block you will take one module each of Latin and Greek, starting at a level appropriate to any existing knowledge you may have of the languages and progressively developing your skills.

We have a well-established pathway for studying either or both languages from scratch; at higher levels, you will consolidate linguistic skills while reading a broad range of texts, and approaching them in increasingly sophisticated critical ways. Alongside your study of the languages, you have the option to take other modules from elsewhere in the department or beyond.

In the third year, you will select three modules from the range of specialist subject modules offered in the department (including continuing with at least one of the languages), alongside your dissertation and the Applied Classics module. More detail about individual modules can be found on the course catalogue.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

Higher modern language requirement (6 or B at GCSE in a modern or ancient language) or equivalent qualification such as Latin or Greek short course.

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

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Selection process

  • We only use your information in UCAS, or your application form, to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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