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Classical Civilisation A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

'What did the Romans ever do for us?' might be a bit of a joke, but if you are interested in finding out about what the world we live in inherited from Greece and Rome this is the course for you. This subject combines aspects of literature, religion, theatre, history and study of society and warfare to look at the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Course content

For AS you will study two modules, the first on women in Ancient Athens and Rome and the second on the Athenian Empire and the battle to keep its power. The first unit involves looking at a variety of written sources such as letters, speeches, and comments on women - all made by men! We also look at some drama to see how the Athenians saw the female half of the population. The second unit studies the Athenians and focuses on the battles it fought to keep its control in the classical world.

The A2 course is more of a traditional history course. We will study two all-time great figures from world history - Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, and Alexander the Great who conquered and expanded Greek influence as far as India. As we will see, the influence of these two men is still evident in the modern world, from Western Europe to Iran and Pakistan.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, if you have taken GCSE History you need to have grade C or above. If you have not taken GCSE History you need to have GCSE grade C in English Language plus GCSE grade C in an essay writing subject such as English Literature or Religious Studies.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is a most useful subject as it is well regarded by most universities for students who want to go on to study; English, Philosophy, Theology, Archaeology, History or Ancient History as well as career related degrees such as Law. It will equip you for the world of work through developing your ability to analyse, assess and express ideas, as well encouraging you to look at societies that had many similarities with, but also many differences to our own.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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