Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BA (Hons) Classical Studies and Philosophy with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Classical Studies and Philosophy with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4CTHHPS01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Offer an excellent Honours-level education in Classical Studies and Philosophy, which at least meets the standards set in the national Subject Benchmarks.
2. Provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
3. Offer a coherent and structured framework of study which ensures that within the time-span of the programme every student follows a balanced and complementary range of modules, whilst allowing sufficient choice to ensure that students are able to follow individual pathways of learning.
4. Promote students' understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of Greek and Roman texts and their appreciation of the contribution of individual authors and texts to an understanding of the literary genres of Greek and Roman literature.
5. Foster in students: an understanding of Greek and Roman cultures, with a focus on their literature and thought; awareness of the issues involved in studying other cultures and of the similarities and differences between ancient cultures and our own.
6. Produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes and methods of philosophy through a combination of modules, which develop a reflective understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves.
7. Provide a range of academic and personal skills, which will prepare students from varied educational backgrounds for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility, adaptability and critical enquiry, and which will enable them to deploy their knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances.
8. To allow students to experience the challenges of living and working in another setting and educational environment.

The Programme is intended to:

4. Programme Structure

The programme is studied over four years full-time. Study is undertaken in four stages. Stages 1, 2 and 4 comprise 120 credits made up of either 15 or 30-credit modules. At stage 3 (the year abroad) students will normally complete the 120-credit Study Abroad module or another approved programme of study. Each stage normally occupies an academic year, so that it takes 4 years to accumulate the 480 credits required for a final award. The first two years and the final year are University based. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the College. Each stage of the degree is made up of modules, and each module studied successfully contributes 15 or 30 credits towards the degree. The credit-rating of a module is proportional to the total workload and one credit is nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. The 'level' of a module (designated by the first number in the module code) indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills. The degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules and as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subject.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

In each year, other than the year abroad, students will normally take modules worth 60 credits in Classical Studies and 60 credits in Philosophy.
Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the Department (normally given by the student’s personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of the College. A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and if the module or an equivalent module has not been taken previously.
If students wish to undertake their study abroad in a University which does not teach in English, they must normally take 30 credits from the Foreign Language Centre at stages 1 and 2 in the appropriate language. In doing this they would be deemed to have exercised their rights under the University’s modularity provisions.
The University’s rules on modularity include a provision that students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their degree programme, but counting towards it. However, the normal expectation on this programme is that students will take 60 credits in each subject, in order to gain sufficient philosophical skills and expertise and sufficient knowledge of the ancient world to complete the programme effectively. The level 3 programme in Philosophy already allows students to choose a 30-credit option from a range of philosophical subjects offered by other disciplines. Any student wishing to take an option of up to 30 credits outside the programme should seek permission from the Director of Education (Classical Studies) or the Director of the Philosophy Programme.

Across Stages 1 and 2 students must take at least 90 credits in each of the programmes Classical Studies and English in order to gain a sufficient understanding of both disciplines.
Assessment at Stage 1 is formative and does not contribute towards the overall mark for the degree programme, although an overall pass is necessary for progression to Stage 2.

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

Classical Studies: CLA1005 or CLA1006. Please note, modules CLA1005 and CLA1006 run in alternate years.  Students will take whichever module is running.

Philosophy: 3 of the 4 core modules must be chosen

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CLA1005 Greek and Roman Narrative OR30No
CLA1006 Greek and Roman Drama 30No

Optional Modules

You will select 30 credits of Classical Studies Level 1 optional modules, available to view here:  

You will select 15 credits of Philosophy Level 1 optional modules.

Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

Classical Studies: modules CLA2005 and CLA2006 run in alternate years.  Students will take whichever module is running.
Philosophy: 3 of the 6 core modules must be chosen

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CLA2005 Greek and Roman Narrative OR30No
CLA2006 Greek and Roman Drama 30No

Optional Modules

You will select 30 credits of Classical Studies Level 2 optional modules, available to view here:  

For Philosophy select 60 credits of available level Philosophy options, at least 45 of which must be level 2 and the remaining 15 credits can be level 2 or 3.

Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

Compulsory Modules

Students spend this year in a European University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study (normally the study abroad module HPS3999).

The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the ECTS credits gained at the partner institution abroad.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPS3999 Year Abroad Year Abroad120No
Total Credits for Stage 3


Stage 4

Compulsory Modules

You must take 60 credits in each subject, which must include a dissertation in either Classical Studies or Philosophy.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation OR30No
CLA3009 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

If you have chosen to take the Classical Studies dissertation, you will select 30 credits of Classical Studies options and 60 credits of Philosophy options. If you have chosen to take the Philosophy dissertation, you will select 30 credits of Philosophy options and 60 credits of Classical Studies options.

Classical Studies Level 3 optional modules are available to view here: 

Total Credits for Stage 4


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. CLASSICAL STUDIES: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of major literary works of Greece and Rome, read critically individual works within a specific genre and demonstrate an awareness of the way texts reflect changes in ancient society and perceptions. (3.2 A1)
2. Demonstrate an awareness of and critical engagement with aspects of Greek and Roman society, religion and philosophy and be able to evaluate the similarities and differences with our own culture (3.2 A1).
3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse in general terms the complex interrelationship between history, literature, philosophy and ideology in the context of one or more ancient societies. (3.2 A2)
4. Evaluate, analyse and synthesise a wide range of viewpoints on problems of interpretation and evaluation, and adopt a variety of critical approaches to the subject drawn from different disciplines within the subject area (3.2 A5).
5. PHILOSOPHY: Show familiarity with philosophical ideas about the nature of society and the social sciences.
6. Reflect upon the conditions of human social life.
7. Show familiarity with the history of modern philosophy (18.1).
8. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind and nature (18.2).
9. Analyse concepts in ethics (18.3).
10. Analyse and criticise substantial works by important historical and contemporary moral and political philosophers (18.2 and 18.3).
11. Engage in logical and conceptual analysis and abstract reasoning (23.2, 23.4, 23.6).
12. Apply a reflective and sophisticated analytic understanding to a range of complex issues and subject matters.

1 - 4 form the basis of the Classical Studies programme at all levels. However, more sophisticated analysis and understanding is expected at level 3. These skills are developed at levels 1 and 2 by means of lectures, discussion in seminars, researching and writing essays, gobbet answers and oral presentations. At level 3 these skills are developed in relation to particular topics and periods through specialised modules and through an optional dissertation. These skills are also reinforced at level 3 by placing greater emphasis on seminars (2 hour classes), on oral presentations (often summatively assessed), and essay writing (longer essays are expected at level 3).

• In explicit terms, skills 5-6 are developed through lectures, seminars and essay work on Social Philosophy; 7-8 through similar methods and strategies on Knowledge and Reality; 9-10 through similar methods on Ethics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Nature, and 11 through practical exercises on Evidence and Argument. However, depending on the student’s chosen portfolio of modules, they will be developed, further in the modules chosen at level 3. 13 is developed especially through the optional modules taken at level 3.

The assessment of skills 1 - 4 is made through a combination of examinations (including essays and gobbet passages for comment); course essays and oral presentations.
The assessment of skills 5-12 is made through a combination of course essays, oral presentations, examinations; also, where appropriate, Research Methods Project or dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

13. Analyse critically individual texts and combine those analyses to demonstrate understanding of the development of literary genres (Phil. 23.3, 23.4).
14. Select and apply appropriate critical tools when reading primary and secondary literature and ancient literature in translation (CAH 3.6 18, Phil. 23.3).
15. Demonstrate a professional approach to referencing and the use of bibliography (CAH 3.6 24).
16. Synthesise complex and diverse arguments and ideas lucidly and coherently, both orally and in writing (CAH 3.6 21; Phil.23.2).
17. Engage in creative analytical and evaluative thinking about texts, sources, arguments and interpretations (CAH 3.6 19, Phil. 23.6).
18. Engage in lateral thinking, making connections between ideas and information in different fields of their study (CAH 3.6, 20, Phil.23.9, 25.1)
19. Gather, memorize, organize and deploy evidence, information and ideas, and show an awareness of the provisional nature of knowledge (CAH 3.5 16).
20. Reflect critically on the extent, and limitations, of their learning and understanding (CAH 3.5 14).
21. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages (Phil. 6.2.3).
22. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
23. Think and write broadly about large themes.
24. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence (Phil. 6.2.4).
25. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence (Phil. 6.2.3).
26. Collate data from a range of sources (Phil. 6.2.2).
27. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner (Phil. 6.3.6).

Skills 13-20 are developed throughout the Classical Studies degree programme by means of lectures, discussion in seminars and study-groups, the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in seminars and the writing of essays. At levels 2 and 3 students are expected to prepare longer and more sophisticated seminar presentations, and, at level 3, to write longer essays in order further to develop these skills. Also at level 3 seminars are normally 2 hours in length and form the primary teaching and learning medium, with a focus on developing, in the context of their particular subjects, the more complex analytical skills listed (16-20).
Skill 20 is further developed through feedback on written work (normally delivered one-to-one, as well as in written form at level 3). It is also developed at level 1 through “learning notebooks” in which students are expected to reflect on their learning with particular reference to one module.

Skills 15-20, also 21-25, are developed throughout the Philosophy degree programme by lectures and seminars, written work and oral work (both oral presentations and class discussion). A more sophisticated use of these skills is developed in the second and third stages; in the third stage, independent use of these skills is developed through the dissertation and level 3 optional modules selected by the student.

The assessment of skills 13 – 19 is made in Classical Studies through a combination of examinations (including essays and gobbet passages for comment); term-time essays and, in many level 3 modules, the assessment of oral presentations.

Skill 20 is formatively assessed at level 1 by means of the compulsory learning notebook.

In Philosophy, skills 15-25 are assessed though course essays, assessed oral presentations and examinations at stages 1-2 and through the dissertation at stage 3.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

28. Select, organise and analyse material for written work and oral presentations of different prescribed lengths. (Phil. 23.2)
29. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized and effective manner (Phil. 26.8).
30. Present an argument in a written form in a clear and organized manner, with appropriate use of correct English (CAH 3.6 21 and 3.7 24, Phil.23.6).
31. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction (Phil. 23.8).
32. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of challenging material in groups (Phil. 28.3).
33. Work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, both peers and academic staff (Phil. 27.5).
34. Demonstrate autonomy, manifested in self-direction and intellectual initiative, both in learning and study and in the management of time (CAH 3.5 13, Phil. 27.2).
35. Evaluate and reflect on your own work (Phil.27.5).
36. Write and think under pressure and to meet deadlines (Phil. 27.3).
37. Plan the execution of demanding work based on individual research over a long time (Phil. 27.3).
38. Use a range of basic IT resources (such as e-mail and the World-Wide-Web) to acquire and manipulate general and subject-specific information (CAH 3.7 27, Phil. 26.8.2).
39. Use a word processor to create clearly presented written assignments and handouts (CAH 3.7 27, Phil. 26.8.2).
40. Be able to reflect on the challenges of living and learning in a different environment.

(a) Skills 28, 29, 31 and 32 are developed through the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in most modules at all levels in both sides of the programme, and through the oral discussion of challenging material in all modules in the programme.

(b) Skill 32 is further developed in Classical Studies through participation in study groups with other students in most modules in the programme.

(c) Skill 33 is also developed through meetings with personal tutors, one-to-one tutorials giving feedback on written work and through discussion in seminars.

(d) Skills 28, 30, 31, 34, and 36 developed through written assignments (essays) and examinations in most modules at all levels.

(e) Skills 34-35 form essential parts of the successful completion of the programme but are encouraged especially through preparation for written and oral assignments and seminars. They are also promoted through the student Self-Appraisal system in the mid-semester break.

(f) Skill 37 is developed through the dissertation in Classical Studies.

(g) Skills 38 and 39 are developed in Classical Studies through compulsory ELE assignments in tandem with the level 1 reflective learning notebook and in both sides of the programme through the requirement that all written work is word-processed and that they use ELE to access texts and other teaching materials.
(h) Skill 40 will result from completion of the Learning Log which is central to the One-year Study Abroad module.

(a) Skills 28, 29, 31 and 32 are assessed through the summative assessment of oral presentations at level 3 (10 or 20%) (in Classical Studies) This assessment may also include a formative peer evaluation element.
In philosophy, oral contribution to seminars and presentations are assessed formatively.
See marking criteria for Classical Studies at: .

(b) Skills 28, 30, 31, 34 and 36 are assessed through examinations and written work at all levels and in all modules (also the dissertation but without examination).
(c) Skill 38-39 is assessed through written course-work in all modules.
(d) Skill 37 is assessed by the dissertation in either subject.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.


Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Humanities (CHUM)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Classical Studies and Philosophy with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Classics and ancient history (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek)
[Honours] Philosophy

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision