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Classical Civilisation
Classical Civilisation
Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code CLA-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. This is very varied course, studying myths, literature, history, politics, art and architecture, philosophy and the way people lived in Greece and Rome. You should have an interest in Greek and Roman History and Society. It is unlikely that you will have studied any aspect of the Ancient World before so you do not need any specific GCSEs to study this course. If you have an interest in different cultures, history, literature, art or philosophy then this is a great course to choose because it has aspects of many different subject areas. If you enjoy reading and essay writing, discussion and analysis then this is a course that you would enjoy.

  • What does the course involve?

    The core themes that run through this subject are:

    • Society: relationships within the household, between the household and the wider community and between different communities
    • Myths: Heroes, villains, monsters
    • Religion: portrayal of gods, attitudes to gods and the role of religion
    • Values: concepts of heroism, honour, duty, virtue, justice and the good life
    • Politics and leadership: bases of power, attitudes to those in power, accountability of those in power, processes for making decisions and resolving disputes, plus attitudes to war and peace
    • History: a study of specific periods of Greek and Roman History.

    Many of our students take this course out of interest and discover that it sits alongside any A Level course, especially those which develop reading, writing and discussion skills.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three written exams:

    • 2 hours 20 minutes for the module “World of the Hero” to include material on the myths and legends of Greece and Rome and a study of Homeric and Roman heroes
    • 1 hour 45 minutes for the module “Imperial Image” to include visual and written material on the rule of the Emperor Augustus, his literature, history, art and architecture
    • 1 hour 45 minutes for the module “Democracy and the Athenians” to include visual and written material on the history and politics of Athens in the C5 B.C.
  • Additional Notes

    Students go on to study courses at university such as Ancient History, Classics (Latin and Greek) or Classical Civilisation or History, English, Law, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences and Archaeology. Careers can include Legal and Public Services, Teaching, Travel and Tourism, Civil Service, Journalism, Politics, Museum and Historical archives.

  • Further Information

    Previous students have entered national competitions including Ancient World / Classic Essay at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Classical Civilisation has benefitted from guest speakers from top universities including Oxford/Cambridge and Prof. Edith Hall in March 2018.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Abigail Nutting

Abigail Nutting

A Level Classical Civilisation (English Combined and Health & Social Care BTEC)
Previous School: Meole Brace School

I have always enjoyed Classics and the Greek gods – Percy Jackson is my favourite book series. Classical Civilisation is a bit different from other A Levels and I love studying the heroes and myths. It also looks at an element of History and is overall a really interesting subject. I am going to continue Classics at University of Winchester, then I hope to become a Tour Guide in Greece and Italy – telling all my customers the interesting things about gods and mythology.

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