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Undergraduate study

The Faculty of Classics at Cambridge is seeking the most intelligent and motivated applicants for its courses, whatever their background.

We offer two undergraduate courses — a three-year one for those with an A-level or equivalent in Latin, and a four-year one for those without. The two courses are equally rich and stimulating, and both reflect the wide-ranging nature of the subject. Study of Latin and Greek language and literature is central to each, and on top of that you can choose from a range of aspects including ancient history, art and archaeology, linguistics, ancient philosophy, and modern responses to classical antiquity, to tailor your own curriculum. There are many opportunities to travel for study trips or archaeological digs.

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 (while this is the only test required of all applicants, individual colleges may additionally set their own tests). Glosses in accordance with the OCR vocabulary list will be provided. 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 4 year course, you will have a separate assessment interview. Details and examples of all these can be found in the Classics Admissions Assessment Specification.

More information about the Admissions Assessment can be found HERE.

Please see the University prospectus online for general information about the Classics courses, or continue to our pages dedicated to the four-year and three-year degrees. In this section of the website you can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, a description of the types of tuition you would receive, and information about open days, essay competitions run for high-school students by Cambridge colleges, and other relevant events.

You may also be interested in a degree which combines either Greek or Latin with a modern language. This is possible through Cambridge’s Modern and Medieval Languages course.

Applications are also welcomed from mature candidates (i.e. anyone who would be aged 21 or older on entry): further information can be found here.

The University website offers further information on colleges, life at Cambridge, the application process, fees and funding, and university-wide open days and events.

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