Clare College Cambridge


Number of students per year: 3-6
Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent from other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: Classics 3 year course* - A-level/ IB Higher Level Latin (A-level/ IB Higher Level Greek is accepted as a substitute. Classics 4 year course* - No specific subject requirements.
Written assessment: All applicants for Classics who are selected for interview are required to take a university-wide at-interview assessment. Applicants for the three-year course complete a 60-minute translation exercise. Applicants for the four-year course complete a 20-minute language aptitude oral assessment. Further information about these assessments is available here.


A great deal of your experience as a Classicist at Cambridge is shaped by your experience within the Faculty. It will be your intellectual focal point and to some degree your social focal point as well. But what about Classics at Clare in particular? Overall I believe we aim to make your undergraduate experience with Classics as rewarding as possible by paying close attention to you as an individual. As a Language Teaching Officer for the Faculty you can normally find me in the Faculty in my office at any time and as your Director of Studies I work closely with you and your supervisors to make sure you are getting what you need: if you feel you require extra supervision, for instance, Clare is generous with its supervision system and we will find you the right help.

Within Classics we have no particular subject focus or bias at Clare and we want to encourage students to study what they find most interesting. At Part I, however, we do emphasize the importance of linguistic facility, and supervision in advanced grammar and prose composition is the norm (see my teaching website for a hint of what work is like: Yet we do not expect you to know how to do these things on application—instead we make it our goal to teach you what you do not know, and take you on at whatever level you find yourself.


Fellows in Classics at Clare

Professor Paul Cartledge Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

Dr Charles Weiss Language Teaching Officer in Classics and College Lecturer in Classics


Link to University Subject Page


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