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Classical Civilisation A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description

**DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE**

 

The ancient worlds of Rome and Greece provide the backdrop for this fascinating A level exploring two of the greatest civilisations the world has ever seen. Through studying historical literature and art you’ll gain an appreciation of how these ancient peoples worked and learn about the similarities and differences between their worlds and the world that exists today. Incorporating aspects of archaeology, theatre and philosophy, this course takes an exhaustive look at the culture, society and make-up of the ancient world and in so doing will provide you with a fresh perspective on the modern world. Whether you wish to study classics at degree level or simply have an interest in the subject area, this is sure to be a stimulating and enjoyable course to study. 

 

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Unit 1: Homer's Odyssey and society

  • Beginning The Odyssey
  • Book 2
  • Books 3 and 4
  • Books 5–8
  • Books 9–12
  • Books 13–16
  • The last eight books: Books 17–24
  • Narrative techniques and themes

Unit 2: Greek tragedy in its context

  • An introduction to Greek tragic theatre
  • Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  • The dramatic presentation of Agamemnon
  • Imagery and themes
  • Ajax by Sophocles
  • Characters, characterisation and context
  • Medea: plot and characterisation
  • Medea: dramatic techniques
  • Trojan Women by Euripides
  • Themes and characterisation
  • Thematic questions

Unit 3: Art and architecture in the Greek world

  • Greek vase painting
  • Greek sculpture – free-standing 600–480 BC
  • Greek sculpture – architectural 600–480 BC
  • Greek sculpture – free-standing 480–323 BC
  • Greek sculpture – architectural 480–323 BC
  • Greek temples and sanctuaries

Unit 4: Virgil and the world of the hero

  • The Iliad
  • Beginning the Aeneid: Virgil and Homer
  • Characters and themes in Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 4
  • Book 6
  • Books 7 and 8
  • Book 10
  • Book 12
  • The historical context of the Aeneid
  • Synoptic revision notes

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

Assessment

This course follows specifications H041 (AS) and H441 (A2) from the awarding organisation OCR. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from OCR's website.

Four exams: 2hrs (25% of marks), 2hrs (25% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks) and 1hr30m (25% of marks)

Eight AS assignments, eight A2 assignments
No coursework

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2018. 

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

 

It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
 
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
 
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:

 

  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Further information

Essential textbooks

Some of the plays covered within the set text books are changing for first examination 2015 and we are in the process of updating our course materials to reflect this. There is no need to wait to enrol though, as the majority is not changing, and there is still plenty to cover before the update is sent early in the New Year!

AS:

  • Homer, The Odyssey, translation by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, Penguin Classics, 2003
  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia, translation by R. Fagles, Penguin Classics forAgamemnon, 1984
  • Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays, translation by R. Fagles, Penguin Classics for Antigone, 1984
  • Euripides, Medea and Other Plays, translation by Vellacott, Penguin Classics for Medea, 2002
  • Euripides, Medea and Other Plays, translation by Vellacott, Penguin Classics for Electra, 2002


A2:

  • Virgil, Aeneid, translation by D. West, Penguin Classics, 2003
  • Homer, Iliad, translation by M. Hammond, Penguin Classics, 1987
  • Homer, The Odyssey, translation by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, Penguin Classics, 2003
  • Woodford, S., An Introduction to Greek Art, Bloomsbury Academic, 1986
  • Emerson, M., Greek Sanctuaries: An Introduction, Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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