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The BA in Classics can be studied as either a three-year or a four-year course. The latter provides an introductory year focussing on the Latin language, Latin literature, and Roman history and culture; students then join the three-year group for the remainder of the degree, starting work on Greek in the third term of their first year in Cambridge. Some graduates go into research and teaching in schools and universities, or work in libraries and museums. But most go into other careers – in law, the media, accountancy, the Civil Service, industry and business.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

Classics three-year course 

  • A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in Latin 
  • A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in Greek may be considered as a substitute 

Classics four-year course 

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.


Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • All applicants for Classics are required to take an assessment at interview, if interviewed.

  • Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. 

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