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    at school (the UK)

    Both at school and as an undergraduate at Cambridge he specialized in classics.

    Can British students specialize in classics at school? What kind of school is it?
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    Re: at school (the UK)

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    "At School" would refer to the education of the person in question before he went to Cambridge University. This could the a state or public ( the name used for a private fee paying school in the UK) schools that he would have attended until he was 18 years of age.

    In the UK we would normally describe someone as studying or reading Classics at Cambridge.

    It should also be mentioned that in the UK we would normally write 'specialised' rather than 'specialized' which is the AmE spelling another example would be fuse rather than fuze.
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    Re: at school (the UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Can British students specialize in classics at school? What kind of school is it?
    At my (independent school) we all specialised in the 1960s in the Sixth form, the upper part of the school that we entered for the final two or three years before going to university.

    Classical Sixth formers studied mainly Greek, Latin and Classical History
    Modern Sixth formers studied three mainly three of: English, French, German, History, Geography.
    Science Sixth formers studied mainly three or four of Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

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    Re: at school (the UK)

    An additional note. The range of subjects open to sixth-formers is much wider today than it was in my day, but students still study only three or four (or, occasionally, five) subjects.

    From the middle of the nineteenth century until well into the nineteen sixties, a degree in Classics from Oxford or Cambridge (the only two universities that really counted) was regarded by many as the height of academic achievement. Concentration on Latin and Greek was therefore very much part of public school education in Britain.

    Note that a public school in Britain is a leading independent (private!) school.

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