Studying Classics without having done Latin or a language at GCSE

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Gion
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I want to study Classics at university but I didn't do Latin or a modern foreign language at GCSE. Will the fact that I didn't do them hold me back from getting into a top university?
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Well first of all, it depends whether you're wanting Classics, Classical Civilisation, or Classical Studies.

Classical Civilisation and Classical Studies don't necessarily require you to take any language modules during your degree, so in theory you can get away with never studying Latin or Ancient Greece at all by picking all non-language modules (although you can choose the language modules if you prefer - I'm doing Classical Studies and I'm opting to do 60 credits of Latin as part of my degree).

Classics almost certainly will require you to study some Latin during your degree, however as not all that many schools offer GCSE or A Level Latin, universities don't automatically assume that you'll have previously studied an ancient language.

Cambridge states that if you have studied A Level Latin, you can study your Classics degree with them over 3 years, whereas if you have not previously studied Latin, your Classics degree will be over 4 years.

So, in short, don't worry too much about not having studied an ancient language before.

As for not having taken a modern foreign language, that shouldn't matter at all.
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Latin and Greek GCSEs and A-Levels aren't very common, particularly among state schools, so there is rarely the requirement to have done them. I'm not sure how much not having any languages would affect you, but if they're not requirements then you should be fine.

It may be worth having a look at some Greek and Latin before you start, just to make sure it's right for you. I'd recommend having a look at Taylor's Greek to GCSE and Latin to GCSE.
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Classical Studies doesnt require a language :
Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/unde...sical-studies/
RHUL - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/stud...ssical-studies
Reading - https://www.reading.ac.uk/events/sit...21/classics-ug
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As well as everything people are saying you should look at Greek or Latin summer schools, and there are usually bursaries available
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