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Classical Civilisation - AS / A level at Ipswich School

Course description

Both Latin and Classical Civilisation will be offered as part of the new OCR Classics suite which will also include Greek and possibly Ancient History. For A level there will be 4 modules with 2 modules taken at the end of Year 12 and the final 2 modules taken at the end of Year 13.
AS is an integral part of the whole scheme and stands as a midpoint in difficulty between GCSE and A2 levels. It also makes a logical and valuable addition to any portfolio of subjects chosen in the Lower Sixth whether for a year or for later conversion into a full A level.

Course content

Classical Civilisation aims to:

Study the Greek and Roman topics that are intrinsically interesting and important, and which have significance for the development of civilisation.

Use and appreciate authentic primary evidence, literary and visual.

Make a detailed study of some classical literature.

Understand and appreciate distinctive Greek and Roman ways of thought and feeling.

Develop learning, written, conceptual and analytical skills within the context of an attractive and valuable subject.

The Paper

Classical Civilisation offers students the chance to study aspects of literature, art, society and politics of the classical world with topics ranging from Greek Tragedy, Epic in its context, Art and Architecture in Ancient Greece, Roman society and political thought. As with Latin, the subject will offer the chance to explore and broaden horizons while preparing for examinations.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge is required for Classical Civilisation. Latin at GCSE grade B or above is extremely useful for Latin but some students pick up Latin again following a hard revision session at a Summer School. Currently it is not possible to start A level Latin from scratch in the Sixth Form.

The standards and aspirations are high. Our average A level scores for the past few years have been in the region of A/B grade for Latin and B grade for Classical Civilisation.

Future opportunities

How useful will it be?

Apart from giving you a top rate education in their own right, Latin and Classical Civilisation combine well with other subjects. They provide good training for the mind and help you to learn on your own. They encourage you to acquire a number of useful transferable skills. A classical training remains very attractive to employers.
There are many university courses and a wide range of Classics + courses. The Classics Department at Oxford boasts of being the single largest department in the university! Whether you go on to study something classically related at a higher level or not, the training you receive at A level will stand you in good stead. It is worth nothing that Classics graduates remain a commodity sought after by employers.

Further information

The Extras

The Classics department is a very energetic one. There are often:

Visits to plays, both locally and in London.

Visits to museums as part of 'fieldwork' for courses.

Study days on relevant topics.

Opportunities to attend university days, like the Oxbridge day.

Regular opportunities to participate in Summer Schools.

There are also longer trips abroad to Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Syria and Turkey have been recent destinations. There was also a sixth form trip to Rome in October 2007.

Want to learn more?

Try browsing through: Sex, Love and Tragedy by Simon Goldhill or A very brief introduction to Classics by Mary Beard and James Henderson or An intelligent person's guide to Classics by Peter Jones.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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