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Classical Civilisation A Level at Coombe Girls' School

Course description

Classical Civilisation requires students to immerse themselves in the world of Greek and Roman culture. Students will be required to explore a range of aspects including literature, art and architecture, history, mythology and society. Students will need to be keen and confident readers in order to analyse the set texts.

Successful candidates will also be able to reach their own judgments, undertake independent study and demonstrate critical thought. We also hope to arrange visits that will broaden your knowledge and interest in the classical world including: The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), university theatre productions and A Level study days/conferences.

Course content

AS Units

 Unit 1 Option A: Greek Architecture and Sculpture A study of the development of Greek temples and sculpture in the sixth, fifth and fourth centuries. Students will explore sites such as the Athenian Acropolis and examine important works of art including Myron’s Diskobolos and the Riace Warriors. Assessment - 1 hour 30 minutes, written exam, one source-based and one short essay question.

 Unit 2 Option B: Homer’s Odyssey A critical study of selected books of the Odyssey and the religious, cultural and social values within the text. The Odyssey is a tale of adventure filled with gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters. Assessment – 1 hour 30 minutes, written exam, one source-based and one short essay question.

A2 Units:

 Unit 3 Option A: Mycenaean Civilisation

 Unit 4 Option C: Roman Epic Assessment by written exam.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 7 A*-C GCSE grades including English Language at grade C. Classical Civilisation does not require knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek. Potential students are encouraged to consider that this is an essay-based subject which requires wide reading and research.


Exams for each unit.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is regarded as a strong academic subject by universities, including the Russell Group. The ability to interpret evidence and produce arguments with clarity are requirements for many essay-based choices at degree level. Classical Civilisation students may go on to study a variety of specialisms including Classics, English, History, History of Art, Politics, Art or Philosophy at university.

Classical Civilisation is deemed a prestigious choice by employers and would be useful for many careers including law, politics, civil service, teaching, museum and archive work and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years