English and Classical Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
Our Joint Honours English and Classical Studies degree combines investigation of the ancient Greco-Roman world with the study of major works from all periods of English literature, many of which reflect or reanimate ancient texts and topics.

About

Both halves of the course give you the opportunity to follow your own interests and particular enthusiasms through optional units. You can choose to learn Latin or Ancient Greek as well as Old English (Anglo Saxon) at beginner level, and may also study ancient arts, such as epic or drama, alongside their more modern forms in English.

Your dissertation in year three will draw on both degree subjects to discuss a topic that concerns both the ancient world and English literature.

Why study English at Bristol?

An English degree at Bristol is distinguished by a strong commitment to literary studies as a serious yet enjoyable academic discipline, and an awareness of how much may be gained through dialogue with other disciplines in the University and beyond.

We cover major texts and authors from all periods of English literature, and also give you the opportunity to develop your own special interests.

Core units in years two and three allow you to study the full historical development of English literature from the medieval period to the present day. Optional special subject units, which are based on the research interests of our teaching staff, allow you to explore particular authors, topics or genres.

We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students go on to study our MA courses and research degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Approaches to Shakespeare or Contemporary Writing or Introduction to Old English
  • Studying Written Texts
  • Two Classics Options (e.g.):
    • Epic
    • Comedy
    • Greek and Roman Drama
    • Ovid After Ovid
    • Greek or Latin Language
Second year
  • One of:
    • Literature 1 (1200-1500) followed by Literature 2 (1500-1700)
    • Literature 1 (1200-1500) followed by special subject
    • Special subject followed by Literature 2 (1500-1700)
  • The Classical Legacy
  • Two Classics Options (e.g.):
    • Epic
    • Comedy
    • Greek and Roman Drama
    • Ovid After Ovid
    • Greek or Latin Language
Third year
  • One of:
    • Literature 3 (1700-1830) followed by Literature 4 (1830-1945)
    • Literature 3 (1700-1830) followed by special subject
    • Special subject followed by Literature 4 (1830-1945)
  • Two special subjects in Classical Studies (e.g.):
    • Receptions of Greek Tragedy
    • Configurations of Gender and Sexuality
    • Emotions in the Ancient World
    • Cinematic Antiquity
    • Time, Temporality and Texts
    • The Senses
  • Dissertation.

Audience

This course would suit intelligent, imaginative, hard-working students who love to read widely.

Many people take the activity of reading for granted, but it is one of the most difficult and exciting things we do. Reading literature allows us to question our worlds and to realise the limits of our understanding.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    109

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language; Classical Civilisation or History are an advantage
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including A in English Literature or Combined English Literature and Language; Classical Civilisation or History are an advantage
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Arts or Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Additional written work may be required.
  • BTEC: DDD plus A in A-level English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA including English Literature
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in English
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.

Funding

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