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Classical Civilisation *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

The aim of the course is to promote understanding of the Greek and Roman civilisations through the study of their literature, religions, society and buildings, which still have an enormous influence on our world. Pupils are encouraged to analyse and compare the ancient and modern worlds and to express themselves with clarity and cogency.

The course is open to anyone wishing to study the civilisations which have so profoundly affected our own. No previous experience and no knowledge of ancient languages are required; having a general background understanding or a Classical Civilisation GCSE will of course be helpful, but is by no means necessary. The ability to write with confidence and read with ease will be important. Classical Civilisation is available at both AS and A2 levels.

Course content

There are several options, from which students choose two for AS level and two for A2 level. At AS level the modules include Archaeology (Mycenae and the classical world), Epic poetry (Homer’s “Odyssey” and Society) and Greek Tragedy (plays by Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides). At A2 level the modules include Art and Architecture in the Greek World, Roman Epic (Virgil and the World of the Hero) and Comic Drama (plays by Aristophanes, Menander and Plautus). We try to complement classroom learning with at least two day-trips per year, and run an overseas trip to Greece or Italy each year. We also have an extensive library of books, photographs, DVDs and computer programmes.

Assessment

AS Modules

1. Archaeology

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2. Homer's "Odyssey"

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

 

A2 Modules

3. Roman Epic (Virgil)

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A Level

4. Greek Art and Architecture

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A Level

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

Several students each year go on to study closely related university courses at top universities, but others find the skills they have learnt in Classical Civilisation useful for a wide variety of careers, including jobs in business, accountancy, the media, law, industry and computing. In other words, the subject is no obstacle to future employment. Pupils of all abilities enjoy the course enormously, and gain many valuable skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.