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Classical Civilisation at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

Course description


The outline of the course is as follows:


There are three modules in our reformed course, examined by three exams at the end of Year 13.



Unit 1:  The World of the Hero (40%) – Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid


Unit 2:  Greek Tragedy in its Context (30%) – Greek Theatre


Unit 3:  Beliefs and Ideas (30%) – Greek Religion

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or higher in English plus a 6 in a related discipline (such as History or a language).



Everything is assessed by written exam (one paper for each unit), so there is no coursework

Further information

Classical Civilisation goes most naturally with other arts and humanities subjects such as English, History and Politics, but over the years it has been combined successfully with just about every other A Level subject taught in this school. All students who study Classical Civilisation seem to genuinely enjoy the subject!


Over twenty good universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and UCL, offer courses in Classical Civilisation, either on its own or in combination with other subjects. For the past few years at least one Classical Civilisation student from Year 13 has gone on to study Classics in some form at university, including Oxbridge, Liverpool and Kent. Students of the subject in this school have gone on to work for many different organisations; one thing that remains constant is the enjoyment students who study Classical Civilisation receive from their studying and learning. The ancient world is all around us; immerse yourself in it!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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    • Contact name:
    • Mrs Francesca Jennings
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634844008
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