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A Level Classical Civilisation at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton

Course description

The Classical Civilisation course offers students the opportunity to study the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome.The first year involves a detailed look at Athens of the 5th century BC, particularly focused on the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. In unit 1 you will read contemporary views of Athens from Aristophanes who wrote plays for the Athenian public. Aristophanes' satirical comedies focus on different aspects of the war and give a viewpoint of what ordinary Athenians thought about it. In unit 2 you will focus on the history of how Athens built up her formidable power - and lost it. Through the account of the historian Thucydides, who claims to have been an eyewitness to many of the events, you will be able to judge for yourself the Athenians' motives and ambitions as well as the reasons for their eventual humiliation and defeat. In the second year the focus of the course changes to Rome. Across the two units you will study how the first Roman Emperors changed Rome from a collapsed Republic into a formidable empire.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and preferably a Grade B in one of the following: English Literature, and/or History, if taken.

Financial information

There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips. During the course students may have the opportunity to attend a study trip to Athens. There may also be visits to the British Museum and visiting speakers from university departments.A £5 charge is made for consumable materials.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Classical Civilisation will be accepted for entry onto a wide range of courses. There you can choose to specialise in the classics, or to use your classical grounding as the foundation for subjects like history, archaeology and anthropology. In addition to Ancient History courses, previous students have gone on to study a wide range of courses including History, Archaeology, War Studies, Law, and English Literature.

Further information

Subjects that link particularly well with this course are History, English Literature, Philosophy - in fact it can complement a wide range of other courses. To be successful in this course students should feel relatively confident in their ability to read, assimilate new information, and complete extended pieces of writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI College, Nuneaton directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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