LEVEL: 3 A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2019
Classical Civilisation involves the study of Ancient Greece and Rome in its broadest sense, looking at the history, politics, philosophy and literature that became the foundation of Western Civilisation from the Ancient Greeks through to the present day. It is about where we come from and who we are and is the basis of our ideas of law, constitution, myth, poetry and theatre, indeed of all our philosophical reflection.
We focus on the writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans (in English translation) and the course will equip you with the critical and conceptual tools to examine these texts and engage with the ideas they contain and their relevance for our culture.
Classical Civilisation A Level combines well with subjects such as Archaeology, Psychology, English and History, or even as an alternative humanity for those doing Science/Maths. At university you could choose to look at Language, History or Philosophy.
Here are some of the topic areas we cover:
- The development of Democracy in Athens in the 5th and 6th centuries
- Literature of the era: Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s Aeneid, Sophocles: Oedipus and Antigone, Euripides: Medea.
- Roman history and Epic including reading The Aeneid
Every year we hold a Chariot Race, here you and your team build chariots and compete against your classmates. See the video below for our 2018 Chariot Race.
I chose Classic Civilisation for the broad range of experiences and subjects it covers, combining the best parts of Art, History and Literature. There is always support provided to those who ask for it, and the classroom has a great atmosphere whether that’s in lessons or in our enrichment, Classics Society.
Ben Reed, Classic Civilisation student
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language or Literature.
What do I need to study Classical Civilisation?
Apart from the College entry requirement you just need to have an interest in studying this course.
Will it help my application to university or to employment?
The skills gained from this course are highly regarded by universities. Graduates in the classical subjects are sought after by employers.
Where can this course can take me?
Many Classical Civilisation students progress onto careers in; Academia, History and Translation. This course also gives you the analytical and research skills for fields such as; Research, Teaching, Publishing, Politics and Writing (like Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling).
Lessons vary from rousing debates to more mellow research, with injected excitement along the way. With trips to both near and afar – London and Athens – I’ve greatly enjoyed studying a piece of art and then be able to see the attributes I have studied.
Jack Owen, Classic Civilisation student