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Classical Civilisation - AS Level (AQA) at Chichester College

Course description

AS Classical Civilisation is an inter-disciplinary course that touches upon key aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Students will start the year by studying our 1st unit: the life of Marcus Tullius Cicero (politician, lawyer, public-speaker and statesman - and friend of Julius Caesar). Our 2nd unit introduces students to one of the key texts for any student of Classics, Homer’s Odyssey.

Course content

Induction Week - an introduction to life in Ancient Rome Unit 1 - The
Life and Times of Cicero - the major events of Cicero's career and their
significance including Cicero's defence of Sextus Roscius
(accused of murdering his father), his prosecution of Gaius Verres (a
corrupt governor of Sicily), Cicero's rise up the political ladder, his
support of Julius Casesar, his aims and achievements, his relationship
with his family and best friend Atticus, and his attitude towards the
Senate and Republican government. Unit 2 – The
Odyssey – The background to the epic and how it fits into wider Greek
History and mythology, the story, the themes, the literary devices
deployed by Homer and the relationships between gods and
humans in Homeric epics.

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge or study of ancient societies, Latin or Classics is
expected or necessary. Students are required to have 5 GCSE A*-C
including English Language. Students will need to be self-motivated and
have the ability to study independently in order to be successful in their final exams.


Essay writing forms an essential part of the course and students should have a high level of language and literature skills. Critical analysis, evaluation and textual analysis will be developed during the year. Homework will be set after each lesson and weekly workbooks are used to assess progress. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is a leading subject for progression into a
Humanities degree. Past students have studied a range of University
subjects including Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, Literature, Law
and Anglo Saxon History (at Cambridge).

Further information

Teaching takes place in interactive classrooms by an experienced
subject specialist with the use of modern technology. Group
discussion and participation is encouraged as is group work and
peer support. It is taught in the History Hub (a dedicated
History/Classics classroom).
Latin is not studied on this course though students will learn some key
terms which they will find useful.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester College directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016
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Key information

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


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