Interviewing in: Classics

Background on subject

Classics has significant overlap with a variety of courses including English, History, Archaeology, Law, Anthropology, HSPS, PPE and Linguistics.

Classics is a course that explores the history, culture, archaeology, art philosophy and linguistics of Classical Antiquity. There are no A-level subject requirements.

Students can take ab initio course if they have not studied Latin A-level. Students have to sit the Classics Admissions Test if applying to Oxford.


Can I interview in this subject?

You do not have to have studied Classics at university to give a robust and rigorous practice interview in this subject. 

Volunteers from the following subjects, or similar, will also be able to deliver Classics interviews:

Interview types

There are two different types of practice interviews in Classics, which you may be asked to deliver. 

  1. Interview on 'application material' - asking the students' questions about their personal statement, or an essay they will submit as part of their application

  2. Interview on 'unseen material' - asking the students' questions on an article, study, or research paper they have not seen before, testing how they handle new material

SAMPLE Resources

Below you can access a folder of resources for conducting Classics interviews:

  1. Interview on application material - you can see a sample personal statement, highlighted with examples of questions which could be asked

  2. Interview on unseen material - you can see examples of articles which have previously been given to students, along with questions

These resources are intended for inspiration - to give you an idea of the level, length and themes of the material we use in our practice interviews. However, should you wish to use this material in the practice interviews you deliver, just let us know so we can make sure returning students haven't seen it before!


Devina studied Classics at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, graduating in 2017. Her degree covered Classical Languages, Literature and Linguistics.

Since then, she has gone on be a Consultant at Theorem, a multinational technology and digital media company.