Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: The World of the Hero – Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid - 40% of A level
  • UNIT 2: Culture and the Arts - 30% of A level
  • UNIT 3: Beliefs and Ideas - 30% of A level

Course aims:

The purpose of a course in Classical Civilisation is to acquire an understanding of some of the elements of ancient Greek and Roman civilisations, literature and language which have had a profound influence on modern societies. Students will be introduced to significant aspects of the classical world from a wide choice of topics in the areas of architecture, art, history and politics, and literature. Students study primary classical sources, including texts in translation and physical evidence such as Greek vases.

Entry requirements:

The GCSE courses in Classical Civilisation or Latin would provide the most suitable foundation, although they are not required. The study of Art & Design, History and English also provide a useful basis.

Higher Education:

Studying Classical Civilisation demonstrates that a student is multi-talented, with interests in a wide range of areas. As such it opens the way for a number of courses at University such as Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology, and Ancient History. It also offers a wide range of employment options, including Business, Law, Civil Service and Education.

Key features:

  • It provides the opportunity to develop a student’s critical and evaluative skills – useful acquisitions in a wide range of subjects.
  • By offering a great deal of choice within its parameters (archaeology, architecture, art, history and politics, literature and philosophy), it allows the student to play to their strengths and deepen their enjoyment of the subject.
  • As such the course is an ideal companion to, among other courses, Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, History, History of Art, Politics and Philosophy.