Classical Civilisation A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2021



Course introduction

Are you inspired by the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome? If so, you will be right at home studying A Level Classical Civilisation.

As a student you will explore different aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history and literature. 

From Greek myths and epic journeys through to the history of Rome and the reign of Emperor Augustus, you will be able to delve into the inner workings of what many people see as the dawn of civilisation.

This is your opportunity to discover the rich histories of major cultural icons that include warrior heroes, despicable villains, outstanding philosophers, literary geniuses and architectural innovators.

Why choose Brock for Classical Civilisation A Level?

At Brock our Classical Civilisation teachers have considerable experience in their subject, along with close ties to the Classical Association through its local branch in Southampton.

Each year we arrange trips to places that include the British Museum in London and The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to help bring the subject to life.

We also have excellent links with Classical Civilisation academics at our local universities, which help benefit your learning.

Teaching & learning

You will learn through a wide range of teaching methods. These will enable you to answer structured questions, essays, and questions related to applied passages.

Lessons will involve analysing texts, reading and interpreting passages, Powerpoint presentations, individual work, group discussions and notetaking.

Course structure

  • Explore the classical text Odyssey to appreciate a landmark work of classical literature that resonates today.
  • Delve into the world of Greek tragedy to appreciate this emotive thread within the subject.
  • Read and respond to the Roman epic poem The Aeneid for further cultural fulfillment and to develop your skills of critical analysis.
  • Study the role and position of women in Athens and Rome to acquire a deeper cultural understanding of gender in the classical realm.
  • Develop your understanding of the origins of Greek comedy and how it developed during the 5th Century BC.
  • Evaluate the impact of late Second Republic politics and how it facilitated the rise of the Emperor.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:

  • English Language grade 5
  • At least one other grade 5 in a relevant subject

What can I do with this qualification?

As well as being superb preparation for further study in the Classics, a study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A Level subjects. These include: Archaeology, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History and Philosophy.

Importantly, this qualification will enhance your chances of being accepted into university. There you can choose to specialise in the Classics, or to use your classical grounding as the foundation for subjects like History, Archaeology and Anthropology.

In addition, the transferable skills you will acquire are highly valued in areas such as management, administration, the civil service, and the legal and teaching professions.

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