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Classical Civilisation and English BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This degree allows you to study the full range of literature in English alongside the classical texts which have influenced the literary tradition and the historical context that shaped them.

    Core modules will introduce you to the Greek and Roman worlds and key texts like the Iliad and Aeneid, while you’ll also explore aspects of poetry, drama and prose in English.

    You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics as broad as medieval English romance, Plato, creative writing, Greek religion, postcolonial fiction, Pompeii, and the ways in which contemporary writing has engaged with Classics. There’s even the option to learn from scratch or continue with Ancient Greek or Latin.

    Spanning literature, history, archaeology and philosophy among other disciplines, this wide-ranging Joint Honours degree will equip you with a broad set of skills. It will also give you an insight into the making of the world we live in and its ancient cultural heritage.

    Leeds has plenty of useful resources for students of both Classics and English. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, 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

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You’ll spend your first year exploring poetry, drama and prose in English through core modules, as well as discovering Greek and Roman literature and society and developing your research skills.

    This will lay the foundations for the next two years, when you’ll choose from core modules covering different periods of English literary history from the medieval period to today, and focus on two classical texts which have been the cornerstones of European literature: the Iliad and the Aeneid.

    You’ll also choose from an impressive spread of optional modules in each subject, which could include Greek art, contemporary theatre, Ovid, American fiction, Dante’s engagement with Classics, folklore and mythology, Shakespeare, Augustus, and war literature. You could specialise even further in your dissertation, where you’ll demonstrate your critical and research skills by focusing on a topic of your choice.

    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

    • Studying and Researching English 5 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    You will be required to study one of the following modules: Virgil's Aeneid or Homer's Iliad

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

    Optional modules

    • Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20 credits
    • Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20 credits
    • Pompeii - Past, Present and Future 20 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final year project

    Optional modules

    • Classics in 20th-21st Century Literature 20 credits
    • Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20 credits
    • Ancient languages - various levels

    For more information on typical modules, read Classical Civilisation and English 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

    Our tutors are experts in their field, and their teaching is informed by their ongoing research. We use different teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, including lectures, seminars and tutorials. However, we attach a lot of importance to building independent research and critical skills, so independent study is also a crucial part of the degree.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment, which typically include exams, essays and assignments. Some modules are also assessed through seminar participation or online quizzes, while group work and oral presentations may also be treated as assessed components. Support will be available – throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics like exam technique and structuring an essay.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in English and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

    • 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 also be required. The Access course must include English modules.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 points in English at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB 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: 80% including 85% in English.


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

    Where 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 ABB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    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: BBB at A Level including English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    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

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also 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 as demanding and broad as Classical Civilisation and English equips you with a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valuable to employers.

    You’ll have advanced communication skills, which allow you to present and defend your ideas confidently and clearly. You’ll also have strong independent research skills, and be able to think critically about the information you find. You’ll also have teamwork skills, and the organisational skills needed to handle two different subjects.

    This means graduates are in a great position to succeed in diverse careers. They’ve gone into publishing, law, journalism, education, advertising and marketing, business and finance, the charity sector, and the civil service. Many have also continued to postgraduate study.

    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 also has exclusive 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 – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about study abroad in Classics

    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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