A level Classical Civilisation

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: AQA



Students will study some of the greatest pieces of literature produced in the Ancient World; the Odyssey and the Aeneid. Students will study the Odyssey in the first year and the Aeneid in the second. Both texts will be explored for attitudes and values of the time and what it was like to be a hero in the Classical world.

Image was everything in Ancient Rome and no one knew this more than Augustus Caesar. Through careful management of public opinion he convinced a society who hated monarchical power to accept a one-man rule. Through the Culture and Arts paper, students will explore and assess the effectiveness of Augustus’ self presentation and his public image and its reception in the time that he lived and in later modern eras.

In the Beliefs and Ideas component students will explore ideas about love and relationships. Students will be able to recognise and relate to the passions, frustrations and delights of love in the ancient world. The ethical questions raised by these ideas continue to be wrestled over by successive generations and students will be able to discuss important issues surrounding love, desire, sex, sexuality and the institution of marriage.

A study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A levels, including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government & Politics,

  • Course units...

    The Classical Civilisation A level consists of:
    Year 1
    The World of the Hero: Homer’s Odyssey
    Culture and Arts: Imperial Image
    Year 2
    The World of the Hero: Aeneid
    Beliefs and Ideas: Love and relationships

  • Course assessment...

    Assessment is 100% examination based.

  • This course can lead to...

    Careers which involve research, analysing information, textual analysis and developing arguments. Students with Classical Civilisation A level often progress to careers in Law, Politics, the Civil Service, Teaching and Public Relations.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in English Language Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 5 in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability

  • Course Highlights

    Annual Trips to Cambridge
    University for unique study
    days by experts in their field.

    Trips to the British Museum
    for specialist artefact

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