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A Level Classical Civilisation

Head of Department: Mr A. B. Chadwick

Examination Board: OCR

Specification Code: H408

Course Entry Requirement: GCSE English Literature grade 7

Why study the ancient world? Students find the culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans compelling and relevant to today’s world. Themes of love, war, justice, guilt, revenge, the role of women, and power, to name but a few, resonate with the great social and political debates of today.

There is absolutely no need to have studied Latin to take this course. Classical civilisation is the study of the ancient world in translation.

The social, economic and political ideas of the ancient world are readily accessible to students through archaeological study, through the study of art and architecture and through the many excellent English translations of Latin and Greek works. Classical Civilisation offers a varied and interesting range of subject material to students interested in history or literature.

Classical Civilisation can be taken by students who wish to specialise in the study of the arts and humanities or by those who would like to supplement their work in the sciences.

Course Content

The course is designed to provide an overview of the classical world.

Unit 1: The world of the hero – an in-depth study of one of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid

Unit 2: Culture and the arts– an in depth study of Greek theatre

Unit 3: Beliefs and ideas: – an in depth study of Politics of the Late Republic           

Course Assessment

Terminal assessment takes place at the end of the second year.

Paper 1: The world of the hero / 2 hours 20 minutes/ 100 marks/ 40% of A-level.

The examination consists of one extract question and one essay.

Paper 2: Culture and the arts / 1 hour 45 minutes / 75 marks/ 30% of A level.

The examination consists of one extract question and one essay.

Paper 3: Beliefs and ideas 1 hour 45 minutes / 75 marks/ 30% of A level.

The examination consists of one extract question and one essay

Who should study Classical Civilisation?

Students should have an interest in the ancient world. There is no need to have studied Latin or classical civilisation before.

Higher education and careers

You can go onto any subject at university with this A level.

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