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Classical Civilisation at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

  • The opportunity to examine the extraordinary societies of the Greeks and the Romans.
  • The epic poetry of Homer and Virgil,
  • The art and architecture which has influenced our lives today.
  • The art and architecture which has influenced our lives today.
  • Famous personalities, myths and legends, thought-provoking philosophies, emotive tragedies.
  • The civilisations of Greece and Rome lie at the heart of Western Culture and are still vibrant and influential today.

Course content

How will you learn?
Through lectures, your own research and note-taking, audio-visual presentations, through classical literature. There are visits to classical sites in Greece and the British Museum; you will actively participate in lessons through discussion, role play and presentations. There are essays and structured questions but you will receive feedback and guidance on their production.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English would be an advantage. You do not need to have studied Latin, Greek, Classical Studies or History prior to AS level. An enthusiasm for the ancient past; its peoples, places and stories is essential.


Examination Board: OCR

What exams and coursework are involved?
There is no coursework in either year of study.
At AS level you will study two modules: Homer’s Odyssey and Society and the Tragedy module comprising of four tragic plays. Each module will be examined by a 90 minute examination at the end of Year 12. Each module is worth 50% of the final grade.

At A2 the modules are: Art and Architecture in the Greek World and Virgil and the world of the hero. Each module will be examined by an examination of 120 minutes for each module. Each module is worth 50% of the final grade. 

Future opportunities

Classical Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Classics, Law, Anthropology, Philosophy, even Medicine. There are many classical scholars in the Civil Service, Banking, Accountancy, and Computer Programming; Teaching, Management, the Army. Student destinations are available within the department. The breadth of knowledge acquired and skills of forensic analysis will stand you in good stead for almost anything.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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