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Open day questions: linguistics, literature and classics students

Interested in poets, philosophers or the literary greats, or studying how language actually works? Check out these questions you can ask on your open day visit…

About the course

  • What are the core texts / periods for this course?
  • Will I need to do reading over the summer?
  • Do I need to have an A-level (or equivalent) in English?
  • What's the split between ancient and modern texts?
  • What's the split between prose, drama and poetry?
  • How many hours of teaching will I get a week? Will that be in lectures, seminars or tutorials?
Ancient language courses
  • Do I need to learn another language to do this course?
  • Do I need to have an A-level (or equivalent) in Greek or Latin?
  • Will I have to learn Greek or Latin as part of the course?

Equipment and facilities

  • How much reading is involved per week?
  • What is a reading week? Do I have one?
  • Are all the library resources available online?
  • Should I buy all the books on the syllabus?
  • Are there multiple copies of texts available to borrow in the library?
  • How much will I have to spend on printing?
  • Do you have specialist facilities - for example, language or phonetics labs?


  • What is the split between exams / coursework / group projects?
  • Do I need to complete dissertation or research-based project?
  • How will I decide on a subject for my dissertation? Will I have help?
  • Will I get the opportunity to do modules in any other faculties?


  • What employment opportunities does this course usually lead to?
  • What have graduates on this course gone on to do?


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