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Classical Civilisation BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Classics focuses on the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, ranging from the earliest Greek literature to the fall of the Roman Empire. But it also covers the way ancient culture has been received and interpreted ever since. This degree is the broadest approach to this interdisciplinary field, incorporating the study of history, literature, language, art, philosophy, archaeology and other areas.

    You’ll explore Greek and Roman culture through our core modules, which will introduce key texts such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid and key events in ancient history. But you’ll also shape your degree to suit you, choosing from optional modules on a wide range of different topics.

    You could study Greek art and Roman comedy, the ruins of Pompeii, or how classical religion and myth have been used in 21st century texts, video games, film, and fiction. We study texts in translation, but if you want to learn or continue with an ancient language we also offer Ancient Greek and Latin.

    Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Classics students. Aside from a huge array of scholarly material on the subject, the world-class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscripts, as well as archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the key issues and themes in Classics, with core modules on the literature and history of Greek and Roman societies. You’ll also be able to choose from options in areas such as ancient languages or classical archaeology to explore your own interests.

    You’ll have a broader range of choice as your degree progresses, on topics from Augustus and his legacy to Dante’s engagement with the Classics. Compulsory modules in Year 2 will introduce you to some of the foundational texts of Western culture, the Iliad and Aeneid.

    In your final year, you’ll focus on your interests with optional modules covering areas such as Ovid’s innovative works, ancient Greek cultural values, and the role of Classics in modern literature. But you’ll also apply the research, critical, and analytical skills you’ve developed throughout your degree to your final year research project.

    You can also learn Ancient Greek or Latin in any year of study.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • The Greek World: an Introduction 20 credits
    • The Roman World: An Introduction 20 credits
    • After Troy: Homecoming in Greek Epic and Tragedy 20 credits
    • Latin Literature: Republic and Empire 20 credits
    • LCS Academic Essentials 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Intermediate Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Intermediate Latin 20 credits
    • Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20 credits
    • Beginners Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Beginners Latin 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Virgil's Aeneid 20 credits
    • Homer's Iliad 20 credits
    • Evidence and Enquiry in Classics 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Intermediate Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Intermediate Latin 20 credits
    • Beginners Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Beginners Latin 20 credits
    • Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20 credits
    • Satyrs and Donkeys: The Latin Novel 20 credits
    • The Ancient Greek Novel 20 credits
    • Pompeii - Past, Present and Future 20 credits
    • Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Major Research Project 40 credits

    Optional modules

    • Intermediate Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Intermediate Latin 20 credits
    • Beginners Ancient Greek 20 credits
    • Beginners Latin 20 credits
    • Ovid the Innovator 20 credits
    • Greek Cultural Values 20 credits
    • The City in the Roman World 20 credits
    • Plato's Republic 20 credits
    • Making Athens Laugh: Aristophanes & Comedy 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Classical Civilisation BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a number of different teaching and learning styles to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but workshops may be included in some modules.

    Independent study is also an integral part of the degree, allowing you to read widely and build your research and critical skills. The University offers a variety of tailored support for classicists; the University Library runs training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.


    We also use various types of assessment. Exams and essays are a significant part of this, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work, surveys, reports, or oral presentations. We offer support in these areas as well – for example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique that you’ll be able to attend throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB-ABB

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1 to D3, M1, M1

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 - 35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 to H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, to AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AABBB to AAAABB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 77% - 80%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    We consider applications on an individual basis, and if you receive an offer the requirements will depend on the information given on your UCAS form.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A degree in Classical Civilisation covers a huge number of different disciplines within the subject itself. It therefore affords you the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a range of areas. You’ll be a problem-solver and critical thinker who can analyse information, draw your own conclusions, and persuasively communicate your findings. You’ll be able to build sound arguments, manage your time effectively, and conduct independent research.

    All of this is valued by employers, and Classics graduates have gone into varied careers as a result. They’ve progressed to journalism, museum and heritage work, teaching, accountancy and finance, administration, PR, business, recruitment, the armed forces, and local government. Many also go onto postgraduate study in related disciplines.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

    Classics at Leeds has exchange links with universities in Göttingen in Germany, Verona in Italy, and Thessaloniki in Greece. You could apply to spend a year studying at any of these institutions – modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience. There are also opportunities at universities across the world where course are taught in English.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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