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Classical Civilisation A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”


Classical Civilisation provides the opportunity to examine and interrogate issues in the ancient past that have been significant in the development of the modern world. You will be surprised with the parallels to modern culture that are found in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. You will get the chance to explore the classical civilisations through both history and literature.

Course content

Across the two years you will get to study aspects of political, social, cultural and economic history. In Year 12, you will study what it was like for women in public and private life in the capital cities: Athens and Rome. The unit allows you to explore society’s values and attitudes, as well as women’s legal and religious status. Alongside this, you will study Homer’s “Odyssey”, the dramatic mythological tale of heroic Odysseus’ ten year journey home from the Trojan War that brings him into contact with a wide variety of mortals, immortals and mythological beasts.

In Year 13 you will investigate the life of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and how he established himself a powerful empire. You will study the laws he brought in, the monuments he constructed to make Rome great, and how he secured the imperial succession. In support of this you will also read Virgil’s “Aeneid”, written in the time of Augustus to commemorate Augustus’ ancestor, and the founder of Rome, Aeneas. You will discover how it was a history not only designed to glorify the past but also the present.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


AS Units

Women in Athens and Rome, 5th century BC – 2nd Century AD

  • Status of women in Athenian and Roman society
  • Women’s participation in religion
  • Women in ancient literature

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

50% of AS Level, 25% of A Level

Homer Odyssey

  • Literary techniques
  • Relationships between gods and humans
  • The heroic code
  • The nature of Greek society

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

50% of AS Level, 25% of A Level

A2 Units

Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate, 44BC – 14AD

  • Augustus’ life and career
  • Social policy
  • Foreign policy

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

25% of A Level

Roman Epic: Virgil Aeneid

  • Literary techniques
  • Religious and societal values
  • Aeneas’ and Rome’s destiny
  • The link between literature and its historical context

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

25% of A Level

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is a traditional, rigorous and wellrespected A Level choice that allows you the freedom to go into many different university courses and careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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