What kind of student would enjoy this course?

This A-Level course will appeal to a variety of students.

A study of Classical Civilization complements many other popular A-Levels including Art, Theatre Studies, History and English Language. Classics is taught using entirely English primary sources and texts. Previous study of GCSE Classics is not essential to study this at A-Level. Obtaining a grade A or B in GCSE History, English or Drama would be an indication that this subject is suitable for A-Level study.

What will I study?

We will be following the AQA syllabus. There are four units of study, two to be studied in Year 12, two in Year 13. Each unit is examined via a one and a half hour written examination. There is no coursework.

Unit One: Either Athenian democracy OR Aristophanes and Athens Unit Two: Homer’s Iliad

Unit Three: Greek tragedy

Unit Four: Tiberius and Claudius

What skills will I learn?

Through the study of Classical Civilization you will improve on your written and spoken skills of analysis. Additionally, your essay writing skills will become further developed.

What could I do at the end of my course?

This discipline will enable you to study the subject at degree level. It would also help with applications for many other subjects and professions such as History, Drama, Art and Journalism.