All students spend two years on the Part I course and, though most go on to read Classics Part II (normally a one-year course), it may be possible to change to another subject. Subjects successfully combined with Classics include History, Law, English, History of Art, Theology, and Social and Political Sciences. Papers from other Triposes are also available within the Classics Part II.
3 year course:
Essential: A Level/IB Higher Level Latin and/or Greek.
Also Useful: GCSE Latin and/or Greek.
4 year course: No subject requirements.
Most of our classics students have taken A level Latin/IB Higher level Latin. While A Level/IB Higher Level Greek is desirable, many of our undergraduates take part in our Intensive Greek Programme aimed at those who have studied little or no Greek.
For the four year course, no specific A Level/IB Higher Level subject is essential but experience of language learning is helpful. Reading classes, and grammar tuition from language specialists are provided.
Please also see Classics: Entry Requirements on the university website.
Applicants are asked to submit, in advance of their interview, two school essays from their work at AS or GCE A level. Applicants may be asked to discuss these essays during their subject interview.
All applicants for Classics are required to take an assessment, if interviewed. The assessments will differ: those who have applied for the three-year course are required to carry out a written translation exercise (60 minutes) and those who have applied for the four-year course are required to carry out a language (including some Latin if appropriate) (60 minutes). For further information on the assessment format, please view the entry requirements tab on: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/classics.
The 2022 Classics (three-year course) assessment will take place on Tuesday 29 November. The assessment for the four-year course is arranged separately, with the date to be confirmed. Further information on the assessments for both courses will be provided if you are invited to interview. You do not need to register for these assessments.
Director of Studies - Dr Rosanna Omitowoju
Classics (information from Cambridge Admissions website)
Last Updated September 2022