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Classics Mods Course Structure

There are five versions of the Mods course, IA, IB, IC, IIA, and IIB. What follows is a summary: the full regulations are set out in the Examination Regulations.

Course I

Course IA is intended for entrants who have both Greek and Latin to A-level, or to an equivalent standard. You will have College tuition in both Greek and Latin Literature from your first term onwards; you will also probably have inter-collegiate language classes (the so-called MILC [Mods Intercollegiate Language Classes] programme) for your first and second terms.


Course IB is intended for entrants who have Latin, but not Greek, to A-level or to an equivalent standard. You will have intensive University classes in Greek in your first two terms, with follow-up University classes in the following terms; you will have College tuition in Latin Literature and other parts of the course from the first term onwards; you will also probably have MILC language classes in Latin for your first and second terms.


Course IC is the counterpart of IB, for those who have Greek but not Latin to A-level or equivalent. It involves intensive University classes in Latin for the first two terms, then follow-up further classes; College tuition in Greek Literature and other parts of the course from the outset; and probably MILC classes in Greek for the first two terms.

Course II

Course IIA is intended for entrants who have neither Greek nor Latin to A-level or equivalent, and who wish to specialise initially in Latin. It involves intensive University classes in Latin for the first two terms, with further follow-up University classes in the other terms; you will also have College tuition from the beginning. If you wish, you can then go on to begin Greek in Greats. (Greats is the part of the course after Honour Moderations (Mods) when you start studying for finals or "Greats").


Course IIB is the mirror-image of IIA, intended for those with neither Greek nor Latin A-level but wishing to specialise initially in Greek. You will have intensive University classes in Greek for the first two terms, with follow-up further classes; you will also have College tuition from the beginning. You then have the opportunity to begin Latin in Greats. (Greats is the part of the course after Honour Moderations (Mods) when you start studying for finals or "Greats").