What students say about classics
I've found the course very interesting and varied. The course is flexible, especially after first year. Assessment is divided equally between essays and exams, which suits me.2nd year, University of Warwick
As a humanities student, there are about 10 hours of contact time per week, with a mix of lectures and seminars. The content varies over the optional modules, but is usually challenging and engaging. There are lots of essays spread over the term. Exams come in May and are quite different to A-levels. Usually closed book, the exams mostly require good time management to write a few mini essays and one or two full essays.1st year, University of Exeter
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Latin or ancient Greek
Useful to have
- English literature
- Modern foreign language
- Classical civilisation
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Marketing executive
- Management consultant
- Secondary teacher
Other real-life job examples
- Museum archivist or curator
- Fundraising campaign manager
What employers like about this subject
A student studying classics will learn subject-specific skills including a knowledge of the literature, history, mythology, philosophy, civilisation and heritage of classical antiquity; an understanding of the interpretation and analysis of texts and translation skills. Transferable skills you can gain from a classics degree include communication, critical evaluation, time management and research and analysis skills. Employers who recruited classic students last year included publishers, the Civil Service, market researchers, political advisory and lobbying organisations, schools, universities, the IT industry and the arts.