What A-levels do you need to study classics?
Do you love ancient languages, culture and history? Then classical studies could be your ideal degree. Find out what A-levels you need for a ticket into the Greco-Roman world of classics
Whether you plan to study classics or classical studies, a language would be a useful addition to your A-level line up.
A-level subjects for classics
What A-level subjects are needed or essential for classics?
- Latin or ancient Greek for a classics degree
- none for a classical studies/civilisation degree
Find out more about university entry requirements
What A-levels are useful for classics?
- a modern foreign language
- English literature
- classical civilisations
Take a look at individual classical studies courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.
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Examples of classical studies degree requirementsBelow are a few courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 26 April 2018):
University of St Andrews: 'A,A,A: To include English. Subjects excluded: Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and General Studies.'
University of Exeter: 'A,A,A,A-A,B,B. Excluding General Studies. Latin or Classical Greek grade B required.'
University of Lincoln: ‘B,B,C.’
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Other similar degree subjects
Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to classics; so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.