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Classical Civilisation A Level at South Downs College

Course description

Classical Civilisation is a fascinating and exciting course that takes you back in time to the days of the Ancient Greeks.

You will study every aspect of Ancient Greek society and culture focusing in particular on literature (poetry and drama), mythology and philosophy.

You will study a variety of classical literary texts including plays, epic poetry and philosophical dialogues from different classical periods.

Together these texts provide an overview of how the Greeks saw the world, of their extraordinary achievements and how they influenced the world we live in now.

Key topics on the course include:

  • Aristophanes and Athens
  • Homer's 'The Iliad'
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Socrates and Athens

Our lecturers assume that you have no prior knowledge of the subject, so you will build up your level of knowledge gradually through lessons, reading and analyse a range of classical texts in translation.

This course is a good fit with a range of other A level subjects including Ancient History, History, Archaeology, English literature, Law, Philosophy, Politics and Languages

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language at grade C.
  • No previous experience of this subject is required.


You can progress onto university to study for a degree in Classics.

A range of joint honours programmes is also available: popular combinations are Classics with Philosophy, Classics with Ancient History and Classics with English. 

Studying for a degree in Classics can lead to jobs in Teaching, Research, Archaeology and the creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September