Explore the fascinating cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, and develop core academic skills, with our BA Classics with Foundation course.
This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in classics if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.
Immerse yourself in ancient cultures which lie at the very heart of western civilisation, and resonate throughout our modern world. Explore the classical world from political, social and cultural perspectives, and study ancient texts in their original languages.
focused language learning. We offer Latin and Greek at all levels, allowing you to gain advanced language knowledge. Each week, you'll receive an impressive three to four hours of language teaching in small groups, working on grammar, vocabulary and translation.
hands-on learning experiences. Unique artefacts of the classical world are available from the Ure Museum, our internationally important collection of Greek and Egyptian antiquities.
our research-rich environment. 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Our leading academics — who have won teaching awards — use this research to enrich your learning, ensuring you will know the latest developments in the field.
Our BA Classics with Foundation is flexible, allowing you to follow your interests and choose modules from other departments.
Your learning structure
The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your classics degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning:
Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.
You will complete two skills-based modules: Study Skills develops your academic writing, research, referencing, critical thinking, teamwork, study techniques and study management; and Persuasive Writing explores how writing shapes our lives, and how it's used for social media, journalistic and political persuasion.
Two additional modules develop skills specific to your degree: Identities explores identity in relation to national/race identity, gender, changing identities, and sense of self, examining everything from texts and objects to film and cultural documents; and Perspectives enhances your ability to study and understand problems, events, objects and texts from a variety of perspectives.
First year: begin your study of Latin and Greek language and explore Greek and Roman culture. You will examine primary sources and explore specific topics in these civilisations.
Second year: continue your language study and develop an awareness of classical literature, and the role of classics in shaping modern western culture. Optional modules will allow you to study topics of interest in greater depth.
Third year: deepen your knowledge of Latin and Greek and choose a specialist aspect of classics to explore in greater depth.
Placement opportunities with BA Classics with Foundation
You will be encouraged to undertake a placement as part of your course, a fantastic opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to real-world practice.
Professional training is available to help you secure a top-quality placement and prepare you for the experience.
Previous students have gained work experience in a range of workplaces. These include:
the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
the University of Reading's own museums.
Our Department is home to the Ure Museum. A number of voluntary work experience placements are on offer in the museum, ranging from helping with school visits to preparing displays and exhibitions.
Summer school and Study Abroad
As well as popular departmental trips, the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome both offer summer school opportunities.
In your second or final year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Canada, the USA or Australia. This is a great way to enhance your studies, make new friends and experience life in a different country.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Careers for BA Classics with Foundation graduates
Over the past five years, an average of 93% of graduates from our department have been in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016-17).
Your classics degree will help you to develop a range of transferable skills, from critical thinking and communication, to adaptability and the ability to understand different cultures. Specific careers and employability training is also built into your degree.
Studying Latin and Greek also demonstrates linguistic flair, and provides a firm foundation for learning other languages.
Graduates of our department have found careers in a wide range of sectors. These include: