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Classical Civilisation A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

Classical Civilisation is a varied and fascinating subject. You will study a number of literary works in English translation, and through these works you will develop a wide understanding of the Greek and Roman world. You will learn about the history, politics, philosophy and mythology of the ancient world through the medium of Ancient Tragedy, Comedy and Epic.

The AS/A Level Classical Civilisation course combines well with a range of other subjects: many students choose to study Classical Civilisation alongside Latin, History or English, or as an additional AS Level with Sciences and Mathematics.

Course content

You will study two main topics for AS: Greek Tragedy in its Context and Homer’s Odyssey and Society. For the Greek Tragedy unit you will study the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides as works of literature and as social documents. You will learn about the origins of drama and how it developed in the modern world. For the Homer’s Odyssey and Society unit you will study the epic poem of Homer also as a work of literature and as a social document, studying the society and the values it represents.

For A2 you will study Comic Drama in the Ancient World and Virgil and the World of the Hero. For the comedy unit you will study the works of Aristophanes and Plautus in their historical, literary and cultural contexts. For the Epic unit you will study Virgil‘s Aeneid and parts of Homer‘s Iliad in the context of the Augustan regime which formed the birth of the Roman Empire.

You will be expected to make personal and critical analyses of the texts through discussion, essays and presentations. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars on the topics and see performances of the plays.

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

Grade B or better in GCSE English Language and Literature or Classical Civilisation.


One written examination on each topic. Each examination will consist of one passage for comment and one essay.

Future opportunities

Students who choose to read Classics at university go on to a variety of careers including: law, politics, museum work, archaeology or teaching, but the wide range of skills necessary to study Classics is of benefit to many different university courses and careers. Universities offer Classics with or without Latin and in combination with English or Ancient History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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