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emma_15
Leaving Cert Classical Studies?

I'm thinking of taking Classical Studies outside of school for leaving cert. I'm really interested in history, languages and literature and i think I'd enjoy the subject. However, I saw online that there will be a new syllabus this year. Is it too risky to study a subject with a new course when I'm only relying on online resources and a textbook? And if there are any Classics students out there, is it a doable course in 3-4 hours a week of self-study? Thanks :)


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emma_15
emma_15
By the way, I'm in TY right now so i could in theory start the subject now :)
Kahill
Kahill
Classical studies has one of the highest failure ratings of all the subjects, so I've heard that the new syllabus is likely to simplify things. I don't know about self-study but there are grind options out there that teach classics for an hour and a half a week, twice a week, that often get through the whole course within a year. It's doable but be aware that classics is a really, really difficult subject. Any teacher will tell you the same: you can't rely on it for a H1. The marking scheme is designed to catch people out, the essay structure is very precise and finicky, and the course is enormous. If it's your passion, go ahead though! You will enjoy it. All the best.
emma_15
emma_15
thank you! I've decided to try study it at home for 5th year to see how i like it because the course I'm interested in doing includes classics :)
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