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    Hi, Having already picked a soft subject for AS, I was advised not to also pick Classical Civilisation, which was referred to by a teacher as a "Latin for those that can't"

    It's not blacklisted as a soft subject, but does that mean it isn't regarded with contempt by the top Uni's?
    it looks a subject that would interest me, but would rather it not harm my chances
    is it a soft subject?

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    It is NOT a soft subject.

    It's not blacklsited as you say. It's just a rare subject that few schools actually teach so people who don't know what they're talking about might tell you it's a soft subject. I took classics as AS (albetit i hated it) but look at the universities I've applied for and got offers from. Nobody ever mentioned classics being a problem, because it isn't.
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    Classic Civ isn't a soft subject at all. It's pretty much on par with Politics or Philosophy.

    Not quite the same as History, as I would say that if it were a choice between the two History would be a preferable subject to take, but it's certainly not soft like Media Studies etc.
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    I always found that the best bit about Latin was the history behind it, so this is probably quite a good subject. How well respected though? No idea :p:
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    I did latin, and a lot of the people in my class did class civ. and latin as well - I had no idea about all the background history and stuff, which helped with the understanding of some areas of my course...my school don't regard it as a soft subject, not sure about unis and stuff though
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    I'm doing Classics at A2 now, and I got an interview at Oxford. I didn't get in but that's because of my terrible interview technique rather than my subject choices.
    It's not a soft subject.
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    Think of Classics as the equivelant of doing English but using Ancient texts.
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    It's not a soft subject, your teacher seems to be a little bit out of the loop.
    It's simply too rare a subject now that universities can't require it.

    And Latin for those that can't? That would make more sense if it was actually about the Latin language.

    It's a study of ancient classical literature, and the lives and histories of those alive at the time. It is not regarded a soft subject.
    I found it amazingly interesting, challenging, and one of my favourite subjects.
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    I did Classcivs at GCSE and enjoyed it, excluding having to memorise literature. It's Latin without the language, you learn about cultures and economies instead. I have heard it being described as learning the grammar of a language whilst Latin is the language
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    No Classical Civ is not a soft subject! I don't know of any unis that think it is either, but as someone else said not a lot of places offer it at A level anymore, so it quite a rare subject to do. In my experience it is quite highly regarded (I am doing Classics at uni now so obviously I might be biased :p:) because it isn't done very much anymore, so it's quite a specialist subject to pick.

    But no, it certainly wouldn't harm your chances.
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    What nonsense. I did History, Classiv, and English for A level and got into Oxford for English... And i got my lowest mark in Classiv- not a soft-subject. Not necessarily easier than Latin just requires different skills. I really enjoyed it- go for it!
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    I've researched the specification (when I was considering doing Ancient History), and it's pretty much History and Literature and Art and Architecture and all sorts of other lovely things rolled up into one package.

    Plus, it's not on any of the specific blacklists (the ones Cam and LSE have made) so I wouldn't worry if I were you.
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    I do Classics, along with History and English Lit. It goes great with both.
    It's really interesting, challenging and varied. I'd definately recommend it!

    Oh, and i might have got rejected from Oxford, but a girl in my class (also studying Latin and English Lit) did get an offer.

    Please take it! Classics is amazing
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    i wish i was allowed to take it, i was stuck with history, but i want to do archaeology and acient history
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    stay away!! I study it at A2 and i hate it!!! I suppose it's each to their own tho and depends what your interested in, if ancient history is your thing then go for it. It is definitely NOT a soft subject tho, at AS i got my lowest mark in classics, although that may be because i find it incredibly dull.
 
 
 
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