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Classical Civilisation A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Students enjoy the variety of topics covered and the way in which Classical Civilisation explores the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans through their achievements in art and literature. From ancient times right through to the present day artists, poets and dramatists have derived inspiration from the mythology and literature of Greece and Rome. Our political and legal systems are modelled on those of Ancient Greece and Rome. Western Theatre was born in Athens in the 5th Century BC. 

Course content

This course is taught through discussion, group work, individual research, presentations, skills sessions, lectures, reading and role-play. 
Variety is found in three quite different areas of study:
• Epic Poetry (Greek Epic in Year 1 and Roman Epic in Year 2)
• Tragedy and Comedy in the theatre
• Greek and Roman history and politics
• Mythology is an important component in all areas. All literature Is studied in English     translation 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade C or above in English

Other desirable qualifications: GCSE English at grade B. A Humanities GCSE subject at grade C or above.

Interset in Literature and Mythology. Prepared to read outstide lessons.


The A Level is assessed by external exams.

Financial information

Optional trip to British Museum - £30.

Future opportunities

Many of our students study Classical Civilisation or related subjects such as Ancient History or Archaeology at university and some combine Classics with English or Theatre Studies. Other students have found that the literature elements of the subject are an excellent foundation for a degree in English Literature and the study of Greek and Roman Comic Drama and Epic adds an extra dimension for Politics and History students. 

Further information

Resources and Facilities
• A large selection of books in the department
• A collection of images and artefacts for the study of mythology and history
• DVDs of mythology, plays and archaeological sites 
Extra-curricular Activities
A tragedy workshop in collaboration with the Drama department. An optional visit to Rome is planned for second year students.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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