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Classics at Cambridge

Classics tries to understand the writings, thoughts and culture of Greece and Rome, which have been so influential in the creation of the modern world. It's a broad and exciting subject that looks at many different areas, including literature, history, archaeology, art history, philosophy and linguistics.

Rated the best undergraduate Classics course in the country for the last two years (The Guardian), you don't need to have studied Latin or Greek to take Classics at Cambridge. The Faculty has several different degree programs depending on your experience. Some students have done lots of languages, others have none. What matters is that you are fascinated by the incredibly complex worlds of antiquity.

You'll start by focusing on the languages and the core literature, but as you progress you'll be really encouraged to pursue what interests you the most. By the final year you'll be free to choose subjects ranging from the Late Roman empire and ancient Idols to the Aeneid and the art of collecting.

Full details of the University's Classics courses are provided on the Faculty of Classics website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

Classics at Churchill

Churchill is a modern, informal and friendly place and our approach to Classics is the same. We have a great library, we're a short bike-ride from the Classics Faculty, and the Classics students and tutors work as a close-knit team. You'll find the culture supportive and helpful. You'll always be pushed to dig deeper into whatever areas interest you most.


Churchill aims to make two or three offers in Classics each year.

For the four-year course, you don't have to have studied any particular A Level / IB Higher Level subjects. All you need is an outstanding academic track record and a passionate interest in the ancient world.

Subject pre-requisites

Essential Highly desirable/useful
3 Year
A Level / IB Higher Level Latin
3 Year
No specific subjects
4 Year
No specific subjects
4 Year
A Level / IB Higher Level Classical Civilisation, English (Language or Literature), History, or a language (ancient or modern) may be useful

For details about potential A Level and IB offer conditions in your target degree, see our Typical Offers webpage and select your course from the University's Course Listing homepage then check out the "Subject Requirements and Typical Offers" link in the Entry Requirements tab.

For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

Admissions assessment

Cambridge University uses a system of common format admissions assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about the admissions assessment in this subject, click on:

Admissions assessment

Written work

We will ask you to submit two examples of teacher-marked written work, preferably on classical subjects (though related subjects are acceptable).


We interview most of our applicants. If called, you will normally have two interviews: one with our Director of Studies; the other at another college. The interview process is not designed to try and catch you out. We want to let you show us how passionate you are about Classics and that you enjoy thinking about ideas.

You don't need to do any special preparation for the interview. If you've studied Latin or Greek already, you might be asked to translate a short passage, suitable for your level. You're likely to be asked some questions about your schoolwork, the work you've submitted, and your personal statement.

You'll find more information on the admissions process on the Faculty of Classics website.

Faculty of Classics


For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office


Photographs: Museum of Classical Archaeology © University of Cambridge
Credit: Sir Cam

Director of Studies

Dr Jerry Toner

Director of Studies

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