A-levels for Classics (Latin and Greek)

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RedVelvet16
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Do you think Latin, Politics, and Classical Civilisation would be good enough A-levels for a Classics degree? I'm hoping to apply to Oxford and other Russel group universities
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Yes that's fine. Most classics departments have two degrees or routes for applicants depending on whether they have a background in the classical languages or not. Since you are taking Latin you are in a pretty good position as result. Your other subjects don't matter so much although classical civ is obviously thematically related and might help give you some ideas on where to go with your wider reading (but not required by any means).

It's worth noting in a lot of classics courses there is a big emphasis on classical literature so A-level English Lit may be useful to give you more background in literary criticism, but it isn't required (and some courses, like Oxford, give you a lot of leeway later in the course to specialise in other areas like ancient philosophy or ancient history).
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Yep they sound like excellent choices.

I got into Classical Civilisation at the University of Leeds with A Levels in Class Civ, French, and Spanish.

If you're planning on taking Latin modules (I think Oxbridge demands that you do study some Latin modules during your Classics degree, whereas Class Civ at Leeds doesn't necessarily require you to study any language modules) then having an A Level in Latin is a great start.
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