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Ancient History (Classics) AS / A Level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

A Level Ancient History is a Classics qualification in which students study Greek and Roman history from translations of the original sources and learn about some critical periods in the history of both civilisations.  

Students do not need any prior knowledge of the subject area.

Course content

Students will study original sources in translation, e.g. Plutarch, Thucydides, Tacitus and Suetonius and critically analyse and evaluate them as evidence. Lessons will involve discussion, debate, presentations, source analysis, group work and use of multi-media materials.

AS units:

• Greek History from original sources: 
   Politics and Society of Ancient Sparta (25% of Advanced GCE)

• Roman History from original sources:
  Augustus and the Principate (25% of Advanced GCE)

A2 units:

• Greek History - conflict and culture:
  Greece in Conflict 460-403 BC (25% of Advanced GCE)

• Roman History - the use and abuse of power:
  The Invention of Imperial Rome 31BC to 96AD (25% of Advanced GCE)

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or relevant subject.


Ancient History is made up of 4 units each examined at the end of the academic year. At AS there will be two 1 hour 30 minutes papers and at A2 there will be two 2 hour papers.

There is no coursework element.

Board : OCR

Future opportunities

Ancient History is valued as an academic A level by universities and it is an obvious choice if you want to go on to study Archaeology, Classics, Ancient History or History.  Also, if you are interested in Law and Politics, then this course will give you an excellent grounding in different political systems, the development of democracy and the exercise of power.

The course provides particularly good training if you want to become a researcher because the emphasis on using original, translated, Greek and Roman sources will give students a practical insight into how to undertake research and use the information gleaned.

Further information

For more information, contact Mrs Barnsley.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2014
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