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Classical Civilisations

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

Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and is a wide ranging subject involving the study of literature, material culture, ancient thought and ideas, and the ancient historical context.

You do not need to know any languages, all the texts are in translation, and it doesn't matter if you haven't studied the Greeks and Romans since primary school; all you need is an interest in the ancient world and its cultures.

Studying the ancient world from original sources (in translation) provides an excellent opportunity to develop the high level
analytical skills demanded in not only the study of classics but also such areas as history, politics and the social sciences.

The course will be delivered through an exciting range of resources and learning experiences.

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)
    You will study two of the great  texts of the Classical world, Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid. The Iliad is the story of the Trojan war and the Aeneid is the story of Aeneas and his travels from Troy, through to the founding of Rome.  In this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of the books themselves, as well as an awareness of the context of the periods they were written in.
  • Unit 2: Culture and the Arts - Imperial Image (30% of the A-level, studied in Year 12)
    This unit looks at the First Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar, considering how he convinced society to turn away from its beloved Republic and accept one man rule.   The idea of a politician ‘spinning’ their public image is one which is very familiar from our contemporary media, this unit explores the first Politician to successfully achieve this.
  • Unit 3: Beliefs and Ideas - Democracy and the Athenians (30% of the A-level, studied in Year 13)
    This unit looks at the birthplace of Democracy in 5th Century Classical Athens, considering how democracy developed, what
    Athenians and historians thought of Democracy and why democracy was able to flourish despite being an enigma in the Classical World.

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

Staff Contact
Mr W Dale – wdale@oxtedschool.co.uk