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Classics: Classical Civilisation A Level at Havant Sixth form College

Course description

Learning about the ancient world is fascinating. Although the ancient world is remote from today, the study of these ancient societies provides an understanding of how our modern society compares with that of the Greeks and Romans. In your studies you will increase your awareness and understanding of spiritual, cultural and moral values and priorities of the ancient world in contrast with those of the modern western world. The Greeks’ and Romans’ response to social and economic change is very illuminating. The course focuses on the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil of Greece and Rome, the literature, religious and social values, visual art, philosophy, politics and history of the Ancient World. It’s a great choice if you’re interested in history, languages, literature and the Arts and is accepted by universities for a wide range of degree courses, including anthropology, political and social history, classical studies and cultural studies.

Course content

You will develop your critical and evaluative skills by analysing evidence of different kinds from the materials studied. During your A Levels you will study epic poems following the journeys of heroes such as Achilles and Odysseus. You will also have the chance to study the greatest buildings constructed in the classical world and see them on our overseas trips. We also look at momentous events that shaped our world, for example the achievements of Augustus and the expansion of the Roman empire. 

Entry requirements

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics. You do not have to have studied History or Classical Civilisation at GCSE. Classical Civilisation is a subject which is respected at all universities and mixes well with all other A Levels including other History courses.


This course is exam based which requires students to answer structured source based questions and to write essays on the chosen topics. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Success in Classical Civilisation requires a variety of skills and is, therefore, very highly regarded by university admission tutors. The majority of our students go on to study at degree level in a wide variety of subject areas. Those that have been in related areas include classical civilisation, history, English literature, classical studies, cultural studies, archaeology and anthropology

Further information

You’ll go on trips to the British Museum in London, the Roman Baths in Bath and of course our local Roman Palace at Fishbourne. You may also have the opportunity to visit Rome, Istanbul and Greece.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havant Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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