1. UCAS code:
    Q800
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 94% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Classics degree studies classical Greek and Latin languages and culture.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes this year, 2013, will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Classics students can study optional modules in ancient history or Egyptology.
  • Classics students can take a work-placement through the “Literacy through Latin” project to teach Latin to primary and secondary school children. Have a look at our blog.
  • Classics students can teach beginners Latin or Greek to members of the local community during the summer.
  • Classics students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Latin Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 40 credits of Latin at an appropriate level.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)To select this module you must pursue CLL203 also.
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLL221 also.
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLL225 also.
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2To select this module you must pursue CLL227 also.
AND
Greek Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must choose 40 credits of Greek modules at an appropriate level.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLG203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)To select this module you must pursue CLG203 also.
CLG221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLG221 also.
CLG225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLG225 also.
CLG227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)To select this module you must pursue CLG227 also.
AND
Optional Module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select two modules from the list below OR you may select one from below and two langauges for all modules. Students must ensure they selct 60 credits oveall in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Love Poetry
CLC203Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex
CLC205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Homer and Heroism: Homer
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Christianity and Classical Culture: Augustine and Boethius (Level 2)
CLC210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Historians: history as literature (Level 2)
CLE230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH2010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Roman Popular Culture
CLH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome
CLH248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport, Games and entertainment in the Greek and Roman world (level 2)
CLH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender in the Roman World
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
CLH293Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Warfare in the Ancient World
CLH297Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
CLP202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient langauges
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
AND
College Elective - Languages for all  

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may selct two from the list below in place of one of the above

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Optional Modules
Greek Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLG321 also.
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLG325 also.
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLG328 also.
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLG330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 4To select this module you must pursue CLG329 also.
AND

Description

The Classics degree focuses on the study of Greek and Latin languages, and the literatures of the Greek and Roman worlds. 

Have a look at our blog for news and information.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer for UK applicants is BBB-BBC at A-level and we require a B in a classical language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement. For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"Since studying a BA in Classical Civilisation and Latin at Swansea University I am now an Editorial and Production Assistant for a magazine company. I applied for a different role, however the company loved my CV and thought that I would be a great asset to their editorial team. The role involves a lot of reading, writing and editing. My degree helps me with this role as it gave me a good understanding of grammar and the ability to read and interpret a wide range of articles. The teaching at Swansea is fantastic and I still receive ongoing support from my old lecturers. The confidence I gained during my time at Swansea University has been crucial for me to travel and find a job a truly enjoy.

Isabel Crouch

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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