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Classical Civilisation - A Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is an extremely popular choice which is higly regarded by top Universities. Classical Civilisation is one of the oldest taught subjects in the world alongside medicine and law.Furthermore, the study of ancient history and the classical world has never been more relevant to contemporary society.  Indeed, classicists are pragmatic people - people who learn to see the world differently and think outside of the box,. 

Course content

During the course you will study@

  • Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid, "The World of the Hero"  Two poems which are considered to be the cornerstones of Western literature and thought. The study will consider what it is meant to be a hero during the Trojan War (Iliad) and what it means to be human in the aftermath of the War (Aeneid).
  • Greek Theatre  The drama produced in the ancient Greek theatre forms some of the most powerful literature of the ancient world and has had a profound and wide reaching influence on modern culture. In this study you will examine the tradegies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and the comedies of Aristophanes in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Politics of Late-Republic Rome  The Late Republic was a period of upheaval and conflicting views on how the Roman state should function.  These conflicts eventually led to the downfall of the Republican state and the rise of the Roman emperors. You will study the careers of prominent Roman aristocrats such as Julius Caesar and discover the violent and fractured nature of Roman political life.

Entry requirements

3 Bs/5s and 3 Cs/4s at GCSE


You will be assessed through examinations

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

Classics is an extremely popular option that opens up numerous options for academic future study and careers. Barristers and solicitors find this most useful, as do journalists, archaeologists, historians, politicians and teachers to name a few. J.K. Rowling has a degree in Classics as it encourages fantastic creativity and evaluative skills.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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