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Classical Civilisation at St Birinus School

Course description


  • Unit 1 Homer’s Odyssey and Society.
  • Unit 2 Greek Tragedy.


  • Unit 3 Art & Architecture in the Greek World.
  • Unit 4 Comic Drama in the Ancient World.AS

    - Unit 1 takes the form of a study of Homer’s epic tale ‘The Odyssey’, recounting Odysseus’ ten year journey home after the Trojan War. Unit 2 concentrates upon the ancient playwrights ofAeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, both as works of literature and as social documents.

    A2 - Unit 3 focuses on the appreciation of sculpture, vases, temple architecture and religion within the Greek world Unit 4 with a selection of the comic plays of Aristophanes, Menander and Plautus, giving a fascinating insight into the political, social and religious aspects of the times as reflected through humour.

  • Entry requirements

    If you achieve at least 5 C grades or above or the equivalent youcould consider Advanced Level courses.

    However, for the majority of Level 3 subjects B grades at GCSEare required. Specific grade requrements for subjects are available from staff and will be discussed at interview .

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 09 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years