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Classics or Philosophy Undergraduate

Love these two subjects, doing English Lit/Philosophy/History A-Levels, know basic latin and a crap ton on ancient history (primarily Roman), read up a lot on both ancient history and literature as well as several philosophical works.

My goal is to travel and experience life but I also want to leave behind some sort of legacy. Philosophy is an amazing subject but its job prospects are horrible even if I want a shot at becoming a Barrister. Classics is great, maybe not the best for doing my own research and leaving behind my own ideas but its job prospects are admittedly much better.
I would try and get into Classics at Oxford. The four year course where you don't need to have studied Latin.

40% accepted and 90% interviewed

You mentioned loving two subjects think you meant three...
Grade requirements
3 A's
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/classics

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/barrister

https://www.sulislearning.co.uk/

All the best...
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Original post by StaticVoid!!
Love these two subjects, doing English Lit/Philosophy/History A-Levels, know basic latin and a crap ton on ancient history (primarily Roman), read up a lot on both ancient history and literature as well as several philosophical works.

My goal is to travel and experience life but I also want to leave behind some sort of legacy. Philosophy is an amazing subject but its job prospects are horrible even if I want a shot at becoming a Barrister. Classics is great, maybe not the best for doing my own research and leaving behind my own ideas but its job prospects are admittedly much better.

Job prospects are the same for philosophy and classics. Most grad schemes don't care what you studied at all. All academic research is original research, that's largely the point. Therefore necessarily you would need to have your own new ideas for the research.

Original post by Ambergris
I would try and get into Classics at Oxford. The four year course where you don't need to have study Latin.

40% accepted and 90% interviewed

You mentioned loving two subjects think you meant three...
Grade requirements
3 A's
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/classics

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/barrister

https://www.sulislearning.co.uk/

All the best...
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Classics II at Oxford (which doesn't require either classical language) has a much lower success rate than Classics I and takes on far fewer students. The average posted on their website is for all classics applicants (course I and II). I think it was something around 18% success rate for Classics II last I looked.

Although worth noting at Oxford classics students are permitted to take as many philosophy options as any joint school philosophy student (philosophy is only available as a joint honours there) and are permitted to take both ancient and modern options (in fact if taking more than 3 philosophy papers they need to take both one ancient and one modern philosophy option).
Original post by Ambergris
I would try and get into Classics at Oxford. The four year course where you don't need to have study Latin.

40% accepted and 90% interviewed

You mentioned loving two subjects think you meant three...
Grade requirements
3 A's
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/classics

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/barrister

https://www.sulislearning.co.uk/

All the best...
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Yeah just was reading that, was way less competitive than Cambridge. Issue I have with the course is that it is very literature/language heavy up until the last year when you can actually study history and philosophy of the period.

Worded it funny, I meant I love these two subjects (being Philosophy and Classics) and that I study those 3 A-Levels.

If you happen to know, what other careers can I pursue with Philosophy? I know with Classics I can go into archeology or working in museums as a curator. Both I can convert to law with. Philosophy appears a lot more limited though.
Original post by StaticVoid!!
Yeah just was reading that, was way less competitive than Cambridge. Issue I have with the course is that it is very literature/language heavy up until the last year when you can actually study history and philosophy of the period.

Worded it funny, I meant I love these two subjects (being Philosophy and Classics) and that I study those 3 A-Levels.

If you happen to know, what other careers can I pursue with Philosophy? I know with Classics I can go into archeology or working in museums as a curator. Both I can convert to law with. Philosophy appears a lot more limited though.


Right if you are going to be this Barrister then you will need to do some google searching and open doors for yourself.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/classics

Military Solicitor and Barristers (Army,Navy and RAF)
https://jobs.army.mod.uk/roles/army-legal-services/legal-officer/

https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/adjutant-generals-corps/army-legal-services/als-recruitment/

I don't think Oxford is easier to get into this is definitely not the case. I just think they are much fairer and this despite what people say about them not doing enough about widening participations. I can be frequently wrong and my comprehension can misfire but then nobody is perfect. and atleast I attempt to provide corroborating evidence.

All the best...
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