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Ancient History at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

This is an opportunity to study two fascinating periods of history: the Romans who did so much to shape our own country with towns, roads and culture, and the Greeks who have given so much to Western civilisation through their philosophy, democracy and the arts.

Course content

Unit 1: Greek period study (492-404 BC) We study the struggle between Athens, Persia and Sparta, for control and influence over other Greek states, including the conflicts recorded by Herodotus and Thucydides, the finest of all ancient historians. Politics and society of ancient Sparta (478–404 BC) We will study the peculiar state of Sparta, whose soldiers were famed for their courage and skill in battle that resulted from their extraordinary upbringing and the unusual nature of their society. Spartan women too were considered highly unusual for their freedom and independence.

Unit 2: Roman period study (31 BC – AD 68) You will investigate the Julio-Claudian Emperors who ruled during this time, focussing on the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero, and how they ruled the Roman Empire both by force and by peaceful means. Ruling Roman Britain (AD 43-128) We will study the initial invasion of Britain by the Emperor Claudius in AD43, and the gradual conquest of the province up to the building of Hadrian’s Wall. In addition to the expansion of Roman military rule we will look at Celtic societies, resistance to Roman rule, such as the Boudican revolt and the increasing impact on them of the Roman civilisation and way of life.

Entry requirements

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two B grades or grade 6s at GCSE
• At least a further three C grades or grade 4s at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
There are a limited number of courses which you may be able to take with a minimum of a grade D or 3 in either English Language or Mathematics, and in this case you will need to retake this subject as part of your programme.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme: Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least 5 A/A* grades or grade 7’s at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

There are no subject specific entry requirements for this course.


No Coursework Examination (100%) – requires students to show a knowledge of ancient sources and archaeological evidence together with modern interpretations. Skills required are developed through practice questions, class discussions and small-group work aided by slides, videos and computer-based presentations.

Examining Board – OCR.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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