Classical Civilisation

Studying the classical civilisations of Ancient Rome and Greece is fascinating.

We cover a wide range of themes from this period, including philosophy, religion, comedy, and tragedy. The course intends to expand students' knowledge of the ancient world in order to gain a better understanding of the modern.

If you are looking to combine an interest in History and English Literature, this could be the subject for you.


Why Classics?

  • A highly regarded A-Level which combines academic rigour with fascinating subject content, including insights into a different world of gods, heroes, empires and government.
  • Supported by trips to museums, universities and theatres and an optional place on the departments' biennial overseas residential trip.
  • The opportunity to study diverse topics and sources, including both literature and visual/material culture, which will inspire and motivate learners to engage further with the classical world.
  • The course covers the foundations of Western culture - The study of the oldest surviving works of western literature; the origins of democracy; the birth of theatre; art and artistry.

Any special requirements?

The study of Latin and Ancient Greek is all completed in English translation so no prior knowledge is required. However, a grade B/5 in English Literature and/or History is desirable.


What will I study?

Classical Civilisations will encompass the study of ancient literature, theatre and politics, with a particular focus on Ancient Greece.


How will I be assessed?

  • The World of the Hero; the study of Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid (worth 40% of your A Level).
  • Culture and the Arts: Greek Theatre (worth 30% of your A Level).
  • Beliefs and Ideas: Democracy and the Athenians (worth 30% of your A Level)

What qualification will I achieve?

On completing the full two-year course you will be awarded a qualification in A-level Classical Civilisation.



Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the History Departments Purpose and Provision document here.