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Classics (BA)

The BA Classics is a language-based degree and is perfect for those who wish to attain a mastery of Greek and Latin. You can study for the BA in Classics whether you already know Greek and Latin or you are a complete beginner.


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Classics (BA)
UCAS Code: Q800
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Anthropology & Classical Civilisation (BA)
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Classical Civilisation with Ancient Egyptian Culture (BA)
UCAS Code: QQ84
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Classical Civilisation (BA)
UCAS Code: Q820
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Classical Civilisation & Archaeology (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Creative Writing (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Heritage (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Philosophy (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Theology (BA)
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Classical Civilisation with Foundation Year (BA)
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We provide the opportunity to study Greek and Latin from complete beginners to advanced in-depth exploration of authors and genres. An array of ancient texts are explored at advanced level, both prose and verse. Among the type of texts students will get the opportunity to study are the Theogony of Hesiod, Herodotus’ Histories, the Gallic Wars of Julius Caesar and the poetry of Statius.
  2. All students taught in small interactive groups, in a friendly and supportive environment.
  3. Students have the opportunity to study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain), MacEwan University (Canada), Nipissing University (Canada), and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (USA).
  4. Staff have teaching and research expertise in a wide array of areas from the poetry of Pindar, Ovid and Statius to Greek and Roman epigraphy.
  5. Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course allows students not only to study the fascinating world of Graeco-Roman Antiquity, with its culture, literary outputs and famous figures like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, but also to explore this through direct engagement with Greek and Latin texts and inscriptions. Students can really get to grips with the ancient world, not relying on translations by modern authors, but truly appreciate this material in a direct and unmediated way.

Module Topics

Studies who have studied Classics at Lampeter UWTSD have been able to engage with an array of Greek and Latin material, including, but not limited to:

  • The poetry of Hesiod, Pindar, Euripides and Ovid
  • The historical works of Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus
  • Legal speeches written by figures such as Lysias and Cicero
  • Latin inscriptions from the Western Roman Empire

Students also have the opportunity to study a variety of non-linguistic modules on the wider ancient world.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Potential areas of employment for our graduates include:

  • Teaching
  • Business and Commerce
  • Further Study
  • Library and Information Services
  • Media and Publishing

There is no one path for our Classics graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.

However, the programme of embedded employability offered by our degrees at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our Classics graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Graduates of the BA in Classics are well-suited to a teaching career, as teachers of classical languages are currently much sought after in the UK.

Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.