201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Classics with Foundation

Our Foundation Programme aims to provide key skills to prepare you to join one of our established undergraduate courses. This is an excellent route to the degree if you do not have the typical entry qualifications You are guaranteed a place on your chosen undergraduate course upon successful completion of the Foundation Year to a satisfactory level. Students who wish to leave after the Foundation Year will be offered a foundation degree. Explore the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome through the study of their languages, Greek and Latin. Read ancient texts in the original and learn how languages – ancient and modern – develop and function. You will develop an advanced knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek and take core modules in both languages throughout the course of the degree; these modules can be taken from beginner’s level and there is no requirement for prior study or knowledge. In addition to the language modules, you will get to read ancient texts in their original form, building an understanding of how languages, both ancient and modern, develop and function. There is also the option to study a modern foreign language, which some students have found to complement their study of Ancient Greek and Latin. The wide range of expertise within the Department of Classics also gives you the option of studying other cultures such as ancient Egypt; we can even teach you hieroglyphics. As a Department, we have a wide range of expertise, enabling us to offer a range of optional modules on many aspects of the ancient world. We also have one of the widest ranges of specialist subjects in the UK, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. As with all our degrees, we offer you the flexibility to choose modules from other departments such as Archaeology, English Literature, and Philosophy. You can also choose to take a modern foreign language – Classics students often find this complements their study of Latin and Greek. All students are encouraged to undertake a work placement and the Department benefits from a dedicated placements officer to help with CV writing and letters of application. Past students have undertaken work placements in charities and barristers' chambers, and within a division of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Others have enjoyed placements in the Netherlands and the Isle of Man. The University's museums can also provide a number of paid and voluntary placements. As a Classics student, you can take part in the Minimus Scheme teaching Latin to local school children. We also encourage all our students to gain direct experience of ancient sites through independent travel, for which scholarships are available. You can also apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students. Additionally, the Classics Department has close links to overseas institutions including the University of Malta. If you would like to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture you can choose to study abroad for part of your degree through our Erasmus+ programme. Careers On graduating from our Classics degree, you can expect to have a range of transferable skills valued by employers such as critical thinking, researching, written and oral communication, adaptability, and the ability to understand different cultures. Studying Latin and Greek also demonstrates linguistic flair and provides a firm foundation for learning other languages. Graduates have gone on to find work in a variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, the government and the civil service, law, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, libraries and archives, and media research and production. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, University of Oxford, the British Museum, the BBC, the Museum of London Archaeology and the Natural History Museum have been among recent employers of our graduates.