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What A-levels do you need to study classics?

Are you thinking of studying classics or classical studies at university? Here's how to make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors' boxes…

If you want to study a classics degree, most universities expect you to have an A-level in Latin or ancient Greek, although there are some courses which allow you to start Latin and / or classical Greek from scratch. For classical studies or classical civilisations, however, most courses will be open to you with any A-level subjects.

Whether you plan to study classics or classical studies, a language would be a useful addition to your A-level line up.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Latin or ancient Greek for a classics degree.
  • None for a classical studies/ civilisation degree.


Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • A modern foreign language.
  • English literature.
  • History.
  • Classical civilisations.
Take a look at individual classics courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending. 

Similar subject areas...

  • Latin / Greek.
  • Ancient history.
  • History.
Similar subjects may have 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.


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