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Ancient History A Level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

Ancient history offers you the opportunity of acquiring the skills of a historian through the study of documents and other sources relating to ancient Greece, ancient Rome and, at A2, ancient Persia. If you love learning about the distant past, grappling with the richness (and limitations) of high quality source material, reflecting on and exploring the nature of power and human fascination with cultural difference, then you should consider this course.

Course content

Ancient history will teach you to organise and evaluate arguments and to write a clearly structured essay. You will learn a lot about culture, history and society in Ancient Greece and Rome, and be able to relate this to what you know of the modern world. Each year you will take one unit in Greek history and one in Roman history. At AS you will study Ancient Sparta, and Augustus. At A2 you will study the wars between Greece and Persia, and the first 100 years of the Roman Empire.

No previous knowledge of these two areas is required and the course is taught with an assumption that the majority of the class will not have studied the Ancient world before.


Personal research, pair and group work, practice in presentation and teacher-led discussion will all be used to make your learning active and enjoyable. Visits will be arranged as opportunities arise. In the past the department has visited Greece, Rome, London and Kings Weston Roman Villa, as well as local venues to attend student conferences.

Future opportunities

It is a demanding course that is well thought of by universities and employers. It complements studies in many other subject areas, particularly literature, art, history, drama and performing arts, architecture and design. Ancient history provides you with training at a high level in the understanding and analysis of documents and in written communication. This course enriches the understanding of the political and cultural history of Europe and the Middle East and will provide a stimulus to continued study. You will be equipped with skills needed for a degree in most subjects and for professions such as law, politics, journalism, central and local government and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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