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Ancient History A Level at Matravers School

Course description

This is a perfect course for anybody who is interested in History and has a particular interest in the Ancient World. It combines elements of archaeology, history and literature from Ancient Rome and Greece. There may also be the opportunity to study some Latin alongside this course (this will not form part of the final assessment). With very little Ancient History in our current History curriculum lower down the school, this Alevel provides an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in all aspects of the Ancient World, from how they lived and what they read to their history and their art. The course will be taught using up-to-date textbooks, a variety of audio and visual aids, information technology, and artefacts, field trips and site visits where possible.

Course content

Year 12

Two of the following units will be offered: Archaeology: Mycenae and the classical world City Life in Roman Italy Roman Society and Thought Homer’s Odyssey and Society Greek Tragedy and its context

Year 13

Two of the following units will be offered: Roman Britain: life in the outpost of the Empire Roman History: the use and abuse of power Art and Architecture in the Greek World Comic Drama in the Ancient World Virgil and the world of the hero


This course is assessed by two exams at the end of year 12 and two exams at the end of year 13. There is no coursework element.

Future opportunities

Why study Ancient History?

The first — and most important — reason is because it’s a fascinating subject, with a huge breadth of subject matter. It is also a very useful subject. Like History, Ancient History offers an important insight into where we come from and why modern society is the way it is. Like BV, Ancient History raises vital questions about matters that we take for granted by comparison to very different societies. Like English, it develops one’s appreciation of literature and one’s use of the language. As an essay subject, Ancient History trains students to collect a diverse range of information and to synthesise this information into clear, concise arguments. In learning about the ancients, students will develop more familiarity with many of the references to the Classical world which abound in English (and European) literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years