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At Cambridge

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome, and at Cambridge we study all the different aspects of these great ancient cultures, namely their literature, philosophy, history, art & material culture, as well as their languages. The course is dynamic, vibrant, highly enjoyable, as well as challenging, as it asks us to think seriously about our own conceptions of democracy, law, beauty and justice, all of which have their roots in the ancient world. This type of intense study greatly enhances the career prospects of Classics graduates, making a Cambridge Classics degree highly desirable for employers.

At Cambridge, you will be taught by world-renowned experts in all the fields of Classics. All lectures take place centrally in the Faculty building, where the Museum of Classical Archaeology is also located, and the Faculty also runs intensive language courses for those who come without Greek and/or Latin.

You do not need to have learnt the Classical languages at school in order to study Classics at Cambridge: the four-year course is designed for those who have done neither Latin nor Greek before (this includes a preliminary year spent focusing intensively on Latin), whereas the three-year course is for those who have done one (usually Latin) or both languages up to A-level or equivalent. After the first year of the four-year course, both courses effectively ‘merge’ into one, and offer students the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects including ancient history, ancient philosophy, art and archaeology, linguistics, and modern responses to classical antiquity. There are many opportunities to travel for study trips or archaeological digs.

For more information, see: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/prospective/undergraduate

At Homerton

Like the students from all other Colleges, Homerton Classicists attend their lectures and classes in the Classics Faculty (Sidgwick site). At Homerton they are taught by the Director of Studies in Classics, Dr Myrto Hatzimichali, who is an official Fellow of the College and supervises all Homerton classicists for their language work (either Greek or Latin) and for the optional subject of Ancient Philosophy, which is her area of specialization. Supervisions in the other subjects are undertaken by different specialists in the relevant fields, from many different Colleges.

There are about fifteen Classics undergraduates at Homerton (about four in each year on average), which makes for a lively and vibrant community! There is an undergraduate subject representative who acts as a first port of call for any problems etc., and is also in charge of organizing social events, especially in the beginning of the year to welcome new students. After their degree, our students have gone on to a number of very different careers, including teaching, law, consulting, working at museums or auction houses, and further study up to PhD level.

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How to apply

Those applying with A-level Latin and/or Greek will be applying for the three-year course (which includes intensive classes for Latin or Greek if not studied to A-level), while those who have not had the opportunity to study the classical languages are encouraged to apply for the special four-year course.

Whatever your background, it is your capacity for academic study that will determine the outcome of your application: you will have an equal chance of success whether you apply to study for three years or four. Homerton already has a strong tradition of supporting the four-year course, and will continue to do so. We will typically make about five offers each year across the two courses, and our offer is usually the Cambridge standard Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects offer of A*AA or IB 40-42 pts  with 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects; or the equivalent in other qualifying examinations.

Homerton will also ask applicants for one or two marked school essays as samples of written work, to be submitted in advance of interview. The interview process itself consists of one interview at Homerton, plus one at another College (to be determined centrally by the Faculty).

Moreover, all applicants for Classics are required to take an assessment at interview, if interviewed: candidates who have passed, or are taking, A level Latin or the equivalent will be expected to take a single at-interview assessment, consisting of a one hour unseen translation. The Greek translation test will be sat only by those who do not have Latin A level or equivalent, and do have Greek. If you are applying for the four-year course, you will have a separate assessment interview. Details and examples of all these can be found here:

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/claaa_specification.pdf

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