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Classical Civilisations

Specific Course Entry Requirements  
Examination Levels Offered AS and A2 Level
Examination Board OCR

You can choose to take this course regardless of whether you chose Classical Civilisations at GCSE.

Classical Civilisations is the fascinating study of two of the most interesting and diverse cultures in History, the Greeks and the Romans. Both of these Civilisations have been instrumental in creating the world we live in today. In Classics, you study the History and Literature of the two Great founding Civilisations of the Western World. You will analyse and interpret Literary stories that have inspired writers for thousands of years. You will have the opportunity to consider the political, cultural and social history, analysing Classical attitudes towards debates that still go on today.

Choosing to study Classics provides an excellent opportunity to develop the high level analytical skills demanded in many professions today. Classics links excellently with a number of other subject choices, and looks great on any university application or CV, as it equips students with vital skills, valued both in Higher Education and in the workplace.

The course is split into three units:

Unit 1: The World of the Hero (40% of the A-Level, studied in Year 12 and Year 13)

The poems of Homer and Virgil are considered as foundations of culture, a cornerstone and landmark in Western literature. This unit provides learners with the opportunity to appreciate the lasting legacy of these works and to explore their attitudes and values. The epics of the Odyssey and the Aeneid, with their heroes, gods and exciting narratives, have been in continuous study since their conception, and remain enduringly popular with audiences today.

Unit 2: Culture and the Arts - Imperial Image (30% of the A-level)

The idea of a politician ‘spinning’ their public image is one which is very familiar in our contemporary media; and so this exploration of a Roman politician and his successful propaganda campaign remains highly relevant and engaging today. Augustus Caesar was able to convince a society that was fundamentally anti-monarchical to turn away from its republican values and to accept one-man rule. Students examine the ways in which Augustus conveyed his personal brand to all social classes of Rome, and how his legacy led to the creation of a system of power that is still visible today.

Unit 3: Beliefs and Ideas - Politics of the Late Republic (30% of the A-level)

This unit explores the period of The Late Roman Republic, a period of upheaval and conflicting views, eventually leading to the downfall of the Republican state and the rise of the Roman Emperors. The exploration brings this tumultuous period to life for learners, considering relevant issues that have afflicted and states throughout history. In this unit learners will study the vibrant and diverse characters of Sulla, Cato, Cicero and Julius Caesar, exploring the ways in which the Roman Republic developed, changed, and ultimately fell.

Assessment in Classical Civilisations is all through exams at the end of the course. You will be assessed on your ability to analyse sources, as well as the ability to make judgements, write essays and interpret opinions.



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