Classics is the study of the language, culture, history and thought of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. The Classics course on UNIQ gives students a chance to understand all these different elements and gain some experience of learning ancient languages. This is done through classes in ancient Greek each morning and then lectures during the afternoon. Languages are very important for a Classics degree as it is through them that classicists learn about the ancient world. Classics is a very broad subject and so during the week you will go to lectures on a wide variety of topics ranging from ancient history to linguistics to philosophy to literature. You will also get the chance to have a guided tour around the Ashmolean to see the fantastic collection of classical works there and to introduce the concept of archaeology into your picture of Classics. As such this course provides you with a real feel for what a Classics degree is like. You do not need any experience of Classics or Classical languages to do this course.
Besides the lectures and language classes you will also be set something to prepare for a tutorial with an Oxford tutor at the end of the week. In most cases this involves you being given some articles to read through and then produce a short essay on. There are staff and students around to help with this work but this is really to encourage you to have a go at reading texts and drawing your own ideas from them which is what students of Classics are expected to try to do. You will then talk through your ideas in a tutorial with one or two other UNIQ Classics students with your tutor. This process thereby gives you an experience of what the Oxford tutorial system is like and gives you an opportunity to stretch your mind and learn new things by discussing your ideas with the tutor and your tutorial partners.