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Classical Civilisation at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

This course introduces you to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds through their mythology, literature, drama, and art, as well as a little history and archaeology. It will open up to you ways of viewing the world spiritually, morally, culturally and anthropologically, which contrast and compare in a fascinating way with our modern western world.

Course content

Unit 1 – The world of the hero
Homer’s Odyssey – we study the whole of this great epic poem about the adventures of the hero Odysseus as he returns home from the Trojan War. You are expected to know selected chapters in especially close detail, and so we teach you to develop skills of critical literary analysis, looking at content, character and style. In addition we discuss social and moral values, including the role of women, gods, religion and fate.
Virgil and the World of the Hero – we study Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, the Roman epic written during the rule of the first emperor of the Romans, Augustus. Part entertainment, part nationalistic propaganda, it is a fascinatingly complex epic about love, loyalty, war and death. We also explore the relationships between Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Aeneid’ – looking at style, characterisation, creative imitation and thematic similarity and dissimilarity, with special focus on the ideas of heroism and the hero.

Unit 2 – Culture and the arts
Greek Theatre – we read four plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides which dramatise famous Greek myths, such as the stories of Electra, Medea and Antigone. We look at how in 5th century B.C. the Athenians presented their plays using music and dance in their great open-air theatres, and we examine the roles of gods, men, women and children in the life of the city.

Unit 3 – Beliefs and ideas
Greek religion – we study Greek sculpture, from the Archaic to the Classical period, i.e. 600 – 400 B.C. We also look at Greek temple architecture and Athenian vases, with their scenes of mythology and everyday life, also from the Archaic to the Classical period.

Entry requirements

3 A level Programme:
The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:
Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.


No Coursework
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – OCR.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2017
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