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Classical Civilisation OCR AS and A Level at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

Classical Civilisation allows students to understand the ancient civilisations that gave us the foundation of western thought and ideas. Students will study the ancient world through text and objects in order to recreate the world in which Romans and Greeks lived. This then becomes a mirror with which we can see the cultures and ideas of the modern world.

Classical Civilisation gives you a chance to apply many different skills in different contexts; in particular you will become more analytical and culturally aware during the course. Logic, rhetoric and intercultural skills are only some of the skills that make Classicists so sought after at universities and in the work place. This is a course well-suited to a curious mind and someone who enjoys analysis and discussion.

Extended Learning:

This will include pre-reading of set texts, learning the ideas and features of the material and considering the themes of the ancient world. The work can take many forms, including exam-style questions or mind maps. Students are also expected to keep up to date with new developments in the field of Classics and will be supported to do so.

Course content

AS Level

(This course is part of the September 2017 A level reforms; please check our website for updates).

  • Students will be appreciating texts such as The Odyssey, one of the earliest poems in the world. We will consider its quality as a text and what it tells us as the ancient world.
  • Another area of study is how the ancient Greeks and Romans lived by studying buildings and the cities of Ostia, Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • The emphasis of the course is on textual analysis that leads to learning about historical or ancient ways of living.

A Level

  • Students will analyse what it takes to be a hero through texts such as The Aeneid, the epic poem that narrates the foundation of Rome.
  • Through studying Greek art and architecture, we can also understand what the Greeks understood to be heroic, clever and physically fit.
  • The course is about concepts shared by the Romans and Greeks such as: heroism, religion, beauty, philosophy and power. 

Entry requirements

Level 3 Sixth Form entry requirements: 

  • a minimum of 5A*-C grades at GCSE Level across at least 4 different subject areas
  • ideally this should include a Grade 5 for English Language and mathematics. 


AS and A Level:

Students will be assessed by written exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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