Course Guide

Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic

Introducing your Student Rep

Elizabeth O'Donnell

I am a second year studying Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Lucy Cavendish. I am the Access Officer on the JCR for 2022-3 which means that I have been working with our admissions and outreach team to put on events such as recruiting student ambassadors, tours for prospective applicants and zoom Q&A sessions for offer-holders.

Key Facts

Average offer: A*AA

3 years

Available at all colleges

Key subjects for admission: None mandatory

Written assessment if interviewed

No inclusive prayer space :(


Why did you want to study ASNAC?


I had always been interested in history, but when I found that ASNC combines history with literature and language as well, that was what helped me decide. I am able to study literature and history together, two subjects which I have always loved.

How is the ASNAC course structured?


The course is split into Part 1 (first and second year) and Part 2 (third year). For part 1 you choose from 10 papers which are a mixture of history papers and language papers. For each supervision you will be expected to write an essay but you have a lot of choice when it comes to what topics you want to cover. The language papers also have translation classes on top of the supervisions which is where you learn the grammar needed to translate the texts.

What is the faculty building like?


We have a common room within the English building which has space to work at as well as a little kitchen area with a sink, microwave, kettle and fridge. We also share the English library and have a few aisles for our books there.

What is the workload like?


It really depends on what papers you choose. Each paper will have one lecture a week but language papers also have a text class where you go over translations. You will also typically have one supervision a week. For me, I am doing five papers plus a dissertation so I have five lectures, 3 classes and a supervision a week. But it is nicely spread out.

What about your course would you change?


I would change the fact that lectures aren't recorded anymore. They used to record them during lockdown but this year they stopped and so it makes it difficult if you cannot make it to one for some reason.


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