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Classical Civilisation A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

Students of Classical Civilisation will have the opportunity to explore the poetry of Homer and Virgil, alongside acquiring knowledge of the rise of Athenian Democracy and the might of the Roman Empire. It is a journey into, and discovery of, the genesis of Western culture and civilisation: exploring the ancient worlds of the Greeks and the Romans, this course is designed to provide an in-depth and fascinating insight into the art, literature and social structuring of the Classical era. Our ancient progenitors laid the foundations for the world we live in today and the study of Classical Civilisation will open up that world to the inquisitive student and will give them a greater understanding of the past, the present and the future of our own, unique existence.

Course content

Studying the A Level course in Classical Civilisation will encourage students to: • acquire a sophisticated level of knowledge and understanding of the literature and culture of the classical world through studying a diverse range of ancient material and making connections and comparisons between them • understand classical literature, thought and material culture in its context; including how issues and values relevant to the society in which they were created are reflected in ancient sources and materials • further develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation and apply these to the range of source materials studied in order to gain insight into aspects of the classical world • articulate an informed response to the material studied, using a range of appropriate evidence to formulate coherent arguments with substantiated evidence-based judgements • acquire a sound basis for further study of the classical world.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

All course material are provided by the department. There is a chance to visit either Rome or Athens in the summer term at a cost of around £700, plus a trip to the British museum that costs around £25 and runs once every two years.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation gives students a wide range of knowledge and skills that can be adapted for use across a whole spectrum of study. As a humanities subject it will enhance skills such as essay writing and source analysis, and teach the structuring of a good argument. With this in mind it is not only suitable to those wishing to read Ancient History or Classical Studies at university, but is an excellent subject to support A level History, Politics, English, Law, Economics, Business Studies, Languages, RE, Ethics, Art History and Art. With the prestige that the study of Classical Civilisation carries in the world of academia, it is an excellent choice for anyone with an eye on a good university placement, as well as providing skills and knowledge desirable in a range of work environments.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.