Classical Civilisation and English BA

Year of entry

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
AAB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBB at A Level including English and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements

Course overview

History and Philosophy of Science

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, the rise of Rome, 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 throughout your degree.

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.

Explore our libraries

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Classics and English students. 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 full training programme to help you make the most of them.

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Course details

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional 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 either Homer's Iliad, Virgil's Aeneid - both cornerstones of western literature - and/or Ancient Empires.

Our diverse research interests at Leeds mean we can offer an array of optional modules for you to choose from, on topics such as Greek art, contemporary theatre, Ovid, American fiction, Dante’s engagement with Classics, folklore and mythology, Shakespeare, Augustus, and refugee narratives. You could specialise even further in your final year project, where you’ll demonstrate your critical and research skills by focusing on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Classical Civilisation and English BA in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Foundations of English Studies 20

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Greek Poets 20
Roman Poets 20
Ancient Lives 20
The Greek World: an Introduction 20
The Roman World: An Introduction 20
Introduction to Classical Archaeology 20
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 1) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1) 20
Beginners Latin 20
Twentieth-Century Fiction in English 20
Modern Fictions in English: Conflict, Liminality, Translation 20
Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20
Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20
Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic 20
Race, Writing and Decolonization 20
The Creative Essay: From Idea to Submission 20
Approaches to Theatre and Performance 1 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Evidence and Enquiry in Classics 20

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 2) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2) 20
Beginners Latin (Level 2) 20
Virgil's Aeneid 20
Homer's Iliad 20
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20
The Athenian Empire 20
Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20
The Rise of Rome: Myth and History 20
Invisible Greeks and Romans 20
Roman Comedy 20
Augustus and his Legacy 20
The Ancient Greek Novel 20
Power of Language 20
Forming Victorian Fiction 20
Sex and Suffering in the Eighteenth-Century Novel 20
Disposable Lives? 20
Queens, Vikings, poets and dragons: Old English and early medieval Britain 20
Contemporary Postcolonial Texts 20
American Danger 20
Refugee Narratives 20
Prose Fiction Stylistics and the Mind 20
Crime Fiction Stylistics: Crossing Languages, Cultures, Media 20
Quiet Rebels and Unquiet Minds: writing to contemporary anxiety 20
Writing America 20
Romantic Lyric Poetry 20
Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them 20
Writing and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England 20
Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation) 20
Black Europe 20

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20
Intermediate Latin (Level 3) 20
Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20
Beginners Latin (Level 3) 20
Advanced Latin 20
Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo 20
Major Research Project 40
The Athenian Empire 20
Herodotus and the Beginning of History 20
Ovid the Innovator 20
The Rise of Rome: Myth and History 20
Augustus and his Legacy 20
The Ancient Greek Novel 20
Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present 20
Greek Religion 20
Greek Tragedy 20
The City in the Roman World 20
Roman Comedy 20
Shakespeare 20
Arthurian Legend: Chivalry and Violence 20
Sex and Suffering in the Eighteenth-Century Novel 20
Disposable Lives? 20
Language of the Media 20
Contemporary South African Writing 20
Surrealism and the French Stage 20
The Poetry of Wordsworth 20
Lost in Fiction: The Metafictional Novel from 'Don Quixote' to 'House of Leaves' 20
Millennial Fictions 20
Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir 20
Literature of the 1890s 20
Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation) 20
Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption 20
Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents 20
Decolonial Approaches 20
Social Movements across Cultures 20

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our 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.

The University offers a variety of tailored support for Classics and English students; the University Library runs free classes and workshops so you can learn how to use them.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We 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.

Our aim is to make sure you develop skills not only in your chosen subjects, but also ones which you can take into your future career. 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

A-level: AAB including A in English.

Other course specific tests:

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 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 qualification

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.


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 Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

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.

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 and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International Foundation Year

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 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £22,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
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.

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.

Scholarships and 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.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK 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

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

This course is taught by

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
School of English

Contact us

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions


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.

You can read more about the range of careers our Classical Civilisation and English graduates progress into, as well as the support we offer you throughout your degree.

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies careers and employability support includes promoting internships, providing opportunities to work for the School and employer-led workshops and events.

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

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Classics at Leeds has exchange links with Verona University (Italy) and modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience. There are also opportunities at our partner universities across the world where courses 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.

A work placement year is a popular choice with our students as it provides an opportunity to gain invaluable work experience as part of your degree. Hannah spent a year working for an integrated marketing group. As with study abroad, you don't have to decide whether to pursue this before coming to Leeds.

You'll apply for the work placement year when you are already here and settled into your degree. If you are successful, you'll work in a graduate-level role and return to Leeds to complete your final year.