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Classical Civilization A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

This course follows on from GCSE Classical Civilisation, although it is perfectly possible to choose this A Level without any previous knowledge, and a GCSE in Classical Civilisation is not a requirement. The course consists of four AS/A2 modules, chosen from a list of some 20 topics covering the major areas of Greek and Roman civilisation, including literature (e.g. Homer: Iliad, Greek Tragedy, Aristophanes & Greek Comedy, Roman Epic), history (e.g. Persian Wars, Alexander, Punic Wars, Roman Emperors), visual arts (e.g. Athenian Vase Painting, Greek Architecture & Sculpture), Women in Athens & Rome, Socrates, Athenian Democracy.

Course content

If you have an interest in the ancient world and/or have enjoyed studying the GCSE course, you will want to consider seriously this subject. The topics for study concentrate on major aspects of Greek and Roman civilisation and you will gain interesting insights into the roots of Western European culture as well as discovering many direct links between Classical Civilisation and other subjects. The course is supported by theatre trips, visits to the British Museum and a school trip to Greece, and over the two years you will develop the important skills of reading and writing to a high standard. Classical Civilisation is considered an ‘approved’ A Level by all the top universities and combines particularly well with all sorts of subjects from English, History and Art to Latin and Greek.


4 written modules, 2 of which (AS) are taken at the end of Y12, and 2 of which (A2) are taken at the end of Y13 (AQA Advanced GCE in Classical Civilisation 2021).

AS Unit 1: one topic chosen from – e.g. Athenian Democracy, Aristophanes &
Greek Comedy, Women in Athens & Rome
AS Unit 2: one topic chosen from – e.g. Homer: Iliad, Athenian Vase Painting,
Punic Wars
A2 Unit 3: one topic chosen from – e.g. Persian Wars, Greek Tragedy, Augustus,
Mycenaean Civilisation
A2 Unit 4: one topic chosen from – e.g. Alexander, Roman Epic, Roman Emperors

Each module is worth 25% of the full A Level.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years