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Classics AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School

Course description

Classics is the study of the culture, history and thought of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects. . Students will explore the literature (epic poetry, drama, historical writing) religion, art, philosophy and politics of these two fascinating civilisations which have had an enduring impact on later societies. Wider reading is key to success at A level, and you will need to read independently as part of your course, as well as studying particular texts in detail for examination.

Course content

AS Ancient Greece - This course consists of two modules.

 Unit 1: Greek history from original sources: Athenian democracy in the 5th Century BC. You will study a range of primary and secondary sources regarding the history, politics, society, religion and culture of Ancient Athens during the 5th Century BC. This unit is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam.

Unit 2: Homer’s Odyssey and society. You will study the epic poem The Odyssey, written in the 8th Century BCE narrating the adventures of the mythical hero Odysseus. You will also explore how the poem tells us about a society of which we otherwise have very little written record. 

A level Ancient Rome

Unit 3: Roman history: The use and abuse of power. You will study a range of primary and secondary sources regarding the history, politics, society, religion and culture of Imperial Rome during the first 127 years of rule.

Unit 4: Virgil and the world of the hero. You will study the epic poem The Aeneid, narrating the adventures of Aeneas from the end of the Trojan war to his arrival in Italy. You will use this poem and Homer’s Iliad to compare ideas of heroism in the ancient world as well as exploring it as a piece of Augustan propaganda. 

Entry requirements

4.5 grades in English literature and language. History GCSE is preferable but not essential.

Assessment

AS Level Unit 1:

 This unit is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam.

AS Level Unit 2:

This unit is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam.

A Level Unit 3:

This unit is assessed by a two hour exam.

A Level Unit 4:

This unit is assessed by a two hour exam.

Future opportunities

Classics is a well-respected A level and a suitable qualification for many degree courses. The combined literary and historical study of classics is valued by many professions and an asset for careers such as journalism, education, law and business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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