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Changes to policy and curriculum

Classical Studies qualifications (Q85 and W62) - Qualification amendments

The Open University will make some changes to Stage 1 of the following qualification from October 2021:

  • BA (Honours) in Classical Studies (Q85)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Classical Studies (W62)

In October 2020 we are introducing two new 60 credit interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities modules; each will include content from four Arts and Humanities disciplines:

  • Cultures (A112) will combine the study of Art History, Classical Studies, Creative Writing and English Literature,
  • Revolutions (A113) will combine the study of History, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

These two modules will replace the existing recommended Arts and Humanities interdisciplinary Stage 1 module, Voices, Texts and Material Culture (A105). Moving from one module to two offers more discipline-specific content at Stage 1, which will provide a more focused path of study through students' qualifications.

Following the introduction of these new modules, the number of optional modules available at Stage 1 will be reduced. For our undergraduate Classical Studies qualifications, students will have a choice between Cultures (A112) (recommended) or Revolutions (A113). All other module options currently available to study on these qualifications will no longer be available for students to register on from this date. If a student wishes to complete one of the optional modules currently available to study, they must do so by October 2021 or they will instead be required to study A112 or A113.

Please talk to your Student Support Team if you need any further information. You can find out how to contact them on Contact the OU.