Part First (a three-year degree)
In the first year (Part IA), students take subjects that allow gaining a general idea of the ancient world and search out which specific aspects appeal them. The course is designed and tailored with the intention of expanding and improving students' knowledge of the ancient languages. Written texts are one of the key sources of evidence for classical antiquity. Therefore, an emphasis in the part first is laid upon enhancing accurate reading skills in Latin and Greek.
The choice expands in the second year (Part IB) where students start finding their own route of study. They need to choose from a further selection of papers including dramatic women in the Greek tragedy, past and present in Trajanic Rome or the literature of the Neronian Period and determine any two of the other four disciplines students wish to focus on. Students have to appear for the exam at the end of the first and second year.
Part First (a four-year degree)
A four-year degree course in classics offers a preliminary year for those students who have had no chances to learn Latin at 'A' level. In case, students have Greek 'A' level but not Latin, they may be suggested to pursue a four-year degree. Alternatively, such students may get admission to a three-year degree course where the college offers them additional teaching in Latin.
The part first will be focused on the Roman and Latin world with the purpose of making them confident students of Roman culture and confident readers of Latin. Students will continue with Greek in their second year. Their third year is identical to the second year of the degree.
The second part is the same for students on the three-year courses and four year courses. Student may specialize within one discipline, for example Archaeology or make up a wide variety course as per their individual interests and strengths. Students are offered a variety of papers. Students have options available such as Greek Tragedy and Politics, Homer and Virgil, Plato, The Roman Novel, Societies and Economics of the ancient Greek world, Aristotle's Political and Moral Thought, Money, Dependence and Power in the Roman Society, The Human Body in Classical Art, Early Hellenic Archaeology, Comparative Linguistics, The Archaeology of Roman Urbanism and the History of Greek and Roman Languages.
Students have additional options such as papers in interdisciplinary cultural studies assess broad questions pertaining to ancient world and use techniques derived from art history, literary criticism and other disciplines. Students may borrow a paper from another course such as History of Political Thought (from History), Ancient Science (from Philosophy and History of Science), Tragedy (from English) and others.