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Classical Civilisation - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

Through studying the literature, drama, mythology, society and culture of Classical Greece and Ancient Rome you will be developing an understanding of your western European cultural heritage!

Not only that, but you will realise that the ancient societies of Greece and Rome, were not simply content to live extraordinary lives, producing monuments, temples, sculptures and a literature that has survived millennia; but they also pondered life’s otherwise insurmountable questions such as: can a man escape or control his Fate?  What will compel a wife to wait ten years in order to have revenge on her husband, and then murder him?  Should a man put his personal fame (or kleos) above the higher ideals of family, your city state or the will of the gods?  Furthermore, who could make more powerful, more meaningful, and more relevant and memorable comments on what is wrong with society than writers of comedy!

Course content

In your AS year, you will study:

  • Greek Drama in its context
  • Homer’s Odyssey and Society


In your A2 year, you will study:

  • Virgil and the Epic Hero
  • Comic Drama in the Ancient World


Each year builds and develops on what you have studied previously; and while ancient literature will dominate your studies, you will soon come to understand that these should be viewed as windows into ancient society and are so much more than good, entertaining stories!  Society, its values, its priorities; individuals and how they should view themselves as civilised or as heroes – these are all contained within the pages of texts that have survived 2,000 years, remaining as popular today, as they were when they were first written!

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


AS: two examinations, each lasting 90 minutes

A2: two examinations, each lasting 2 hours.

There is NO coursework.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is a strong academic discipline, valued by Universities and Colleges alike.  You will be developing cross-curricular and transferable skills in textual and literary analysis, good communication skills, as well as the ability to interpret and evaluate evidence.

Classical Civilisation will provide any student with the perfect foundation for any further study within Arts and Humanities faculties; plus it has the added benefit of not pigeon-holing its students into a limited career-path.  Many Classical Civilisation graduates have gone on to become successful teachers, solicitors, barristers, journalists, servicemen and women in the RAF, Royal Navy and Army and the Police Force, or even accountants and politicians!  You will have the skills and knowledge to pursue virtually any career path you put your mind to!


Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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