q800 - Classics BA

Classics BA Honours

UCAS Code: Q800 (3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of Greek and Latin literature with language learning, translation skills, and a wide range of cultural and historical topics.

Stone statue of Plato. As well as thorough grounding in Greek and Latin literature students have the chance to explore the rich diversity of ancient Greek and Roman culture and society.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 32-35 points

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You will develop fluency in both Latin and Greek, through a combination of language classes, textual study and translation.

You can learn from beginners' or advanced level.

Enjoy reading literature by major classical authors in the original language, and complement this with topics in the literature, art, philosophy, history and archaeology of Greece and Rome.

Our dedicated classical collection, and the University-led Great North Museum, provide an excellent range of study resources and enable you to engage, in depth, with the classical world.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I chose Newcastle because the city’s surroundings perfectly fit my course and choice of lifestyle. The city is rich with history and not far from Hadrian’s Wall.

Jessica, Classics BA Honours
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    You study a variety of texts written in English alongside the culture of the classical world and will explore the connections between the two.

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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Programme modules do change and may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You take a pair of Greek language modules and a pair of Latin language modules, at a level which best suits your ability in both languages.

Greek language modules
Latin language modules

Optional modules

You choose two optional modules, ormally selected from the following list:

Modules from our archaeology or history degrees may also be available, with agreement, such as:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You choose a pair of Greek language modules and a pair of Latin language modules, following on from the modules studied in Stage 1:

Greek language modules
Latin language modules

Optional modules

You choose two further modules from the following list:

Modules from our archaeology or history degrees may also be available, with agreement, such as:

Study abroad (optional)

UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by spending Stage 2 at one of our partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus exchange programme.

This will be a fully recognised period of study which involves assessed work in Classics which counts directly towards your final degree mark.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You also choose one Greek language and one Latin language module for the options below, following on from the modules studied in Stage 2:

Greek language modules
Latin language modules

Optional modules

You choose two further modules from the following list:

* You can take these modules if you have not already studied them at Stage 2.

Modules from our Archaeology, Classics or History degrees may also be available, with agreement, such as:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.


Classics careers

Our Classics degrees are designed to equip you with a broad range of skills.

The specific content of your course provides you with a well-developed understanding of different cultures, societies, and perhaps even specific languages such as Latin and Greek.

Throughout your course, you also develop and demonstrate the ability to:

  • research, collate, and analyse materials, including written documentation and statistics
  • critically evaluate and interpret resources to formulate impartial and coherent arguments
  • present information in writing and verbally
  • work autonomously, manage your own workload and work to deadlines
  • comprehend intellectually rigorous and challenging topics

Together, these make for a very well-rounded individual who possesses a mix of practical, intellectual and transferable skills desirable to employers.

You therefore have an excellent choice of further study and career opportunities open to you on completion of your studies.

Classics graduates find themselves in a diverse range of careers, including:

  • research, information work and IT
  • law and legal services
  • journalism and marketing
  • retail
  • social work

Find out more about the career options for Classics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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