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Classical Civilisation at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

From the films Gladiator to Clash of the Titans, not to mention 300, the ancient world is never far from our screens. Our public buildings and statues also echo ancient Greece and Rome. So why are we still so fascinated by the ancient world? Why does it continue to have such an impact?

This course will help you to answer these questions. It will begin to satisfy your curiosity about why the Greeks and Romans are such an important part of our culture

Students will be introduced to various aspects of the classical period and  develop an understanding of their relevance to modern society. Topics covered include Greek sculpture and architecture, the Athenian Empire and the lives and politics of the early Roman emperors.

No prior knowledge of the subject, or proficiency in Greek or Latin, is required – just an enthusiasm for the ancient world.

Students are required to use a variety of primary sources, including literature and inscriptions, museum exhibits and works of art.



Course content

AS Level module 1. Greek Architecture and Sculpture

A critical study of the development of Greek public buildings and the changes in the portrayal of the human figure in sculpture during the 6th, 5th and 4th Century BC

2. Athenian Imperialism

A critical study of the rise and fall of the Athenian empire in the period 478 BC to 404 BC. This will include investigating the history and politics of the period along with related works of literature.

A2 Level modules

3. Augustus and the foundation of the Principate  

This unit discovers how the first Roman emperor came to power and how he secured his regime. The events of the civil wars following the death of Julius Caesar and the achievements of Augustus will be studied. The topic requires study in the areas of ancient history, archaeology, sculpture, society and values.

4. Politics and society in the early Roman Empire: Tiberius and Claudius  

This unit considers how the Principate functioned and changed under the next emperors Tiberius and Claudius. Key individuals and dramatic events will be studied along with the political, social and religious values of the period. Literature selections are studied in translation.

Entry requirements

English Language - C
At least two B grades in literate subjects.


  • Modules 1 and 2 will be examined by means of two 1½ hour examinations.
  • Modules 4 and 5 will be examined by means of two 1½ hour examinations.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is a humanistic subject, with similarities to History, Religious Studies or Geography. 

At degree level it can be studied in its own right or combined with a wide variety of other subjects, including English, art or a foreign language.  As with all humanities subjects, those who study Classical Civilisation find a wide variety of careers open to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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