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Classical Civilisation GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

GCSE Classical Civilisation consists of four units:


Homer Odyssey


The Olympic Games

Course content

You will look closely at the unique social, political and military organisation of Sparta. You will gain understanding of the ethos of the Spartans and how such attitudes were encouraged and maintained in Sparta.
Homer Odyssey
You will study a selection of the books from the English translation. You will become familiar with the storyline and assess Homer’s portrayal of human and divine characters. You will also study the background to Homer’s Odyssey to help in their understanding and appreciation of the text.
You will study the everyday life of an ancient Roman citizen in the capital of the empire to give you an understanding of Rome’s status as the ruler of a vast empire. You will demonstrate knowledge of the following main areas: religion; the family in Rome; and recreation and entertainment in Rome.
The Olympic Games
You will study the history and nature of the ancient Olympic Games in detail and you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of the Games.


There is a one-hour exam in three of the units listed above. Each exam is 25% of the total marks. There is also Controlled Assessment for the unit on the Olympic Games, which is worth 25% of the total marks.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisations GCSE allows you immediate access to A level History, Politics, Classics, RE, as well as Sociology, and may help in other Humanities work. It may help you gain entry into Further and Higher education courses in the Humanities. You might like to consider a career in Heritage, Archaeology, Education, Travel or Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years