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Classical Civilisation A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Why study Classical Civilisation?

The impact of the Classical world, specifically the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome, is all around us: in our language, in our architecture, in our literature and in our art. This course will help you to find out about the roots of Western civilisation. Anyone who enjoys reading, learning about history, and linking the events of the past with those of the present should study Classical Civilisation at A-Level. You do not need to have a prior knowledge of Greco-Roman history or Literature. However, you do need to have a love of reading, an enquiring mind, and the ability to question.

Course content

AS Classical Civilisation

Unit 1 The Life and Times of Cicero

A critical study of Cicero’s career from 80 to 43 BC. The topic requires study in the areas of history and politics, as well as literature. This unit is assessed by a one and a half hour written examination and counts for 50% of the AS grade.

Unit 2 The Odyssey

A critical study of selected books of the Odyssey and the religious, cultural and social values implicit in the text. The topic requires study in the areas of literature, as well as society and values. This unit is assessed by a one and a half hour written examination and counts for 50% of the AS grade.

A2 Classical Civilisation

Unit 3 The Persian Wars

A critical study of the Persian Wars 490–479 BC and the political, social and cultural values and concepts of the Greeks and Persians. The topic requires study in the areas of history and politics, literature, and society and values. The synoptic assessment will draw together knowledge, understanding and skills in these three areas. This unit is assessed by a one and a half hour written examination and counts for 50% of the A2 grade.

Unit 4 Alexander

A critical study of Alexander’s career between 336 and 323 BC. The topic requires study in the areas of history and politics, literature, society and values. The synoptic assessment will draw together knowledge, understanding and skills in these three areas. This unit is assessed by a one and a half hour written examination and counts for 50% of the A2 grade.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English and English Literature or History 

Future opportunities

Top universities appreciate the academic rigour that is required to study the A-Level Classical Civilisation course. The course complements Literature, History, Politics, Linguistics and indeed Art very well. It is a valuable subject that leads to careers in a diverse range of fields. Classicists have gone on to careers as lawyers, teachers, writers, bankers, museum workers and archaeologists. In fact, the breadth and depth of the subject means that it is regarded highly in many sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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