BA Latin

About the Course

The Roman world forms a bridge between the ancient Greeks and our modern Western world.

Knowledge of Latin not only gives you direct access to some of the greatest works of literature, such as Virgil’s Aeneid, but also offers you a unique foundation for studying modern languages, for example French, Italian and Spanish.

Reused Column in FethiyeWith first-hand knowledge of Latin, you can also explore all aspects of the Roman world and its heritage in the medieval and modern periods.

At Trinity Saint David you can study Latin starting at any level, including beginners, and continue it throughout your degree.

The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with our range of research and publication specialisms.

This programme is designed for students who relish the challenge of focusing in-depth on language study while also acquiring a rounded knowledge of the Classical world and valuable transferable skills.

Throughout your study, you will be able to map your learning progress through assessment types such as essays, presentations, wikis, web pages and examinations, and thus develop and hone skills that make you attractive to future employers.

Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome at our research seminar series, which feature speakers from around the world.

Incorporated into our Latin Joint Honours degree are opportunities for study abroad with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA).

Whilst on Lampeter Campus, as a student in the School of Classics, you will be part of one of the largest schools on campus.

This does not mean, however, that you will get lost in the crowd – there is a strong sense of community amongst our students and staff. Smaller than average group sizes mean that classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know you on a first name basis.

Puteoli The ratio of staff to students also means that we offer excellent student support. Every student in the School has a personal tutor, and the School’s dedicated Welfare Officer and First Year Tutor are always on hand should extra support be necessary.

We also support very active student-led Classics and Ancient Civilisations societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves.


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BA (Joint Honours)

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Course Length
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Entry Requirements

Whilst our general offer ranges from 240-260 UCAS points, usually over 3 A levels, each individual case is taken on merit.

If you are applying for Latin with Ancient History or Classical Studies, no prior knowledge of Latin is required.

If, however, you wish to study Greek and Latin as a Joint Honours degree, you will need to have attained a GCSE or equivalent in either Greek or Latin.

Of greater importance are your personal statements, references and your potential. You may be invited to interview to help us better assess this.

Career Opportunities

  • Media and publishing
  • Business and commerce
  • Further study
  • Library and information services
  • Teaching

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There is no one path for our Latin Joint Honours graduates.

The traditional routes of teaching, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.

However, the programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Classics at Trinity Saint David, in addition to the benefit of a joint language and humanities based degree – with all the different skills this requires – ensures that our Latin Joint Honour graduates have the tool box, and confidence, to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from careers in the corporate world to working with library and information resources, from the Armed Forces to museum work and everything in between.

Taking all that they have gained from studying Latin with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Latin Joint Honours graduates from Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.


School of Classics


Lampeter Campus

Typical modules

  • Latin at beginners, intermediate or advanced level (as appropriate)
  • Reading Antiquity: A Survey of Ancient Literature
  • The City of Rome: People, Power and Politics
  • Augustan Lovers
  • Rise of Rome: Studies in Roman Imperialism

Key Features

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  • In-depth study of Latin starting at an appropriate level
  • Innovative language learning support through our e-learning platform
  • Small and friendly classes
  • Opportunity to study a variety of literature, both in the original and in translation
  • Study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA)
  • Excellent student support


Programme Specification

Programme Specifications BA Latin Joint Honours

Further Information

Joint Routes Available

BA Latin and Ancient History - QVQ1

The BA Joint Honours Ancient History and Latin is the most appropriate Joint Honours combination for the student that has a definite interest in the Romans, their history and culture.

Learning Latin, which you can do from beginners’ level, will give you the opportunity to study Latin texts in the original without the hindrance of a translation.

BA Latin and Classical Studies - QQ68

The BA Classical Studies and Latin is best for the student that wants to delve into the literatures and cultures of the ancient world with a particular interest in the Roman world.

Learning Latin will give you the opportunity to study the great works of Latin literature first-hand.

BA Latin and Greek - QQ67

The BA Joint Honours Greek and Latin is the perfect combination for those that want to study in depth the languages of the ancient world. This degree scheme is best for those that already have some knowledge of either Greek or Latin (ex. to GCSE level) and want to explore Latin and Greek in depth.

Smyrna - Theatre Assessment methods

A joint honours degree with Latin involves a wide range of assessment methods.

In addition to traditional timed tests, literary criticisms, gobbets, essays and exams, you will be assessed through presentations – oral and powerpoint based, at both individual and group level – bibliographic exercises, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, article reviews, and, of course, the dissertation.

This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the Latin Joint Honours programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.


Learning and Teaching methods

Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics.

We employ innovative methods and approaches that enhance our students’ learning throughout their studies.

All our degrees are modular. Full-time students are required to take 120 credits at each level of study.

A full-time student will normally take 6 modules a year, each worth 20 credits – 3 per semester. Part-time students are required to take between 40 and 60 credits a year.

All our undergraduate modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, with language tuition taking place in small classroom environments.

Lectures offer students the opportunity to be introduced to specific aspects of a module. Seminars are opportunities for group-discussion and debate.

Workshops allow students to explore aspects of a module in an autonomous fashion, often in a practical manner, under the lecturer’s supervision.

On average undergraduate students spend about 12 hours per week in class and about 30 hours per week in class and assignment preparation.

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre.

All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment.

The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture and many grammar aspects of language provision, post all powerpoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work.

Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers.Olympia - Temple of Zeus relief - detail

The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety.

There are also opportunities available for study abroad.

Studying a Latin Joint Honours degree with us here at Trinity Saint David means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.