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Classics with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in classics if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.Immerse yourself in ancient cultures which lie at the very heart of western civilisation, and resonate throughout our modern world. Explore the classical world from political, social and cultural perspectives, and study ancient texts in their original languages.Taught by experts from the Department of Classics, your studies will be enriched by:- focused language learning. We offer Latin and Greek at all levels, allowing you to gain advanced language knowledge. Each week, you'll receive an impressive three to four hours of language teaching in small groups, working on grammar, vocabulary and translation.- hands-on learning experiences. Unique artefacts of the classical world are available from the Ure Museum, our internationally important collection of Greek and Egyptian antiquities.- our research-rich environment. 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Our leading academics — who have won teaching awards — use this research to enrich your learning, ensuring you will know the latest developments in the field.**Your learning structure**The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your classics degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning:- Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.You will complete two skills-based modules: Foundation in Academic Skills develops your academic writing, research, referencing, critical thinking, teamwork, study techniques and study management; and Persuasive Writing explores how writing shapes our lives, and how it's used for social media, journalistic and political persuasion.Two additional modules develop skills specific to your degree: Identities explores identity in relation to national/race identity, gender, changing identities, and sense of self, examining everything from texts and objects to film and cultural documents; and Perspectives enhances your ability to study and understand problems, events, objects and texts from a variety of perspectives.- First year: begin your study of Latin and Greek language and explore Greek and Roman culture. You will examine primary sources and explore specific topics in these civilisations.- Second year: continue your language study and develop an awareness of classical literature, and the role of classics in shaping modern western culture. Optional modules will allow you to study topics of interest in greater depth.- Third year: deepen your knowledge of Latin and Greek and choose a specialist aspect of classics to explore in greater depth.**Placement opportunities with BA Classics with Foundation**You will be encouraged to undertake a placement as part of your course, a fantastic opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to real-world practice.Our Department is home to the Ure Museum. A number of voluntary work experience placements are on offer in the museum, ranging from helping with school visits to preparing displays and exhibitions.**Summer school and Study Abroad**As well as popular departmental trips, the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome both offer summer school opportunities.**Careers**84% of graduates from the Department of Classics are in work or further study within 15 months after the end of their course [1].Your classics degree will help you to develop a range of transferable skills, from critical thinking and communication, to adaptability and the ability to understand different cultures. Speci

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

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University information

University of Reading

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    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 24 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    117 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%



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