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Classical Civilisation A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

Classical Civilisation is the study of the
Greeks and Romans through literature,
history, archaeology and philosophy. The
study of the Classical World provides an
excellent basis for understanding and
appreciating modern culture, more of
which originates from the Classical World
than one might realise.
Classical Civilisation is a cross-curricular subject
and because of this, and its intrinsically
interesting and entertaining subject
matter, it has something for everyone. It
combines well with most other subjects
and leaves students’ options open for
university decisions.
Students will be expected to enjoy reading
(in English!) not only the texts which
accompany the course but also secondary
source material. You will be asked to think
creatively, yet analytically, about what you
are reading and observing. You will be
encouraged to visit museums and cast
collections, and to join the various
Classics trips which take place.


Course content

AS Course Content
Greek Sculpture – Why do so many
buildings have columns along the front?
In this module, you will study the
development of Greek public buildings
and sculpture in the 6th – 4th centuries
BC, looking at buildings such as the world
famous Parthenon on the Athenian
Acropolis or the Temple of Zeus at
Olympia, home of the Olympic Games.
The sculptures that you will study show
the advances the Greeks made in the
portrayal of the human figure, both
clothed and nude, and their success in
retelling myths pictorially.
Homer’s Odyssey – Following the ten year
Trojan War, the Greek warrior Odysseus is
trying to make his way home. The Odyssey
recounts his epic encounters, including his
arrival at home to find men seeking his
wife’s hand in marriage, and how he uses
his cunning to defeat them. Students
consider various themes, their historical
context and their relevance to the modern
A2 Course Content:
Augustus and the Foundation of the
Principate – A cunning, ruthless and
brutal warlord or a responsible statesman
devoted to restoring peace? Augustus
would want to you believe the latter, but a
biography of Augustus by Suetonius will
give you a more objective view of the man,
his motives and methods. So form your
own judgements on the leader who
revolutionised Roman government.
Roman Epic – In this topic you will see
for yourself how Virgil explores the
conflict between duty and emotion, the
nature of human responsibility to family,
country and gods, and what it takes to be
a hero in the new age of the Emperor.


Entry requirements

Although Classical Civilisation is available
at GCSE, there is no necessity for students
to have studied it at this level. There is also
no need for any knowledge of either Latin
or Greek, as all the literature is studied in
translation. The A Level course builds on
the skills gained at GCSE through other
subjects if necessary, such as English
(reading literature) and History (source
analysis and essay-writing).


There is no coursework element to
the course. Two modules are
studied per year, which are
examined at the end of each
academic year and have equal
weighting towards the AS and A
Level grade.

Future opportunities

Studying Classical Civilisation will allow
you to access a variety of careers. You will
find Lawyers, Journalists, Teachers,
Accountants, Bankers, Businessmen and
Politicians, to name but a few, who have
all had the benefit of studying Classics, a
subject that makes you a clear and original

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

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


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    • **FEES PAYABLE**

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