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Ancient History at Formby High School

Course description

Ancient History at AS and A2 offers students the opportunity to study elements of the classical world, acquiring in the process some understanding of the culture, politics and social life of Rome and Greece at significant periods in their history. The cour se provides excellent preparation for students wishing to progress to further study.

Here at Formby High School, students have often performed in the top 25% of students nationally in A Level Ancient History. Students are guided through their studies by teachers with expertise in Greek and Roman History. The enthusiasm with which the subject is taught, together with the hands - on approach in terms of the use of original source material, are crucial components of what could only be described as a vibrant c lassroom experience.

Course content

The new A level retains many of the popular topics from the legacy specification and many features which make the subject so interesting and engaging for students. The specification contains four elements: the Greek History component consists of a period study looking at relations between Greek and non - Greek states 492 – 404 BC, as well as a depth study into society and politics of Sparta. The Roman History component also has period and depth stud y elements: the Julio - Claudian Emperors, 31 BC – AD 68 and the breakdown of the Late Republic.

The principal focus of each study is the handling of original sources. You should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the nature of histo rical evidence, the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation, as well as the selection of original source material in its context.

There is also a requirement to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historians’ interpretations and to be able to analyse and evaluate these interpretations. This will be assessed within both period studies

Entry requirements

A grade B at GCSE History or English and an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject are of paramount importance when studying Ancient History.

Financial information

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education. Below is a summary of provision. 

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
  • discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment


Students who want to apply for support from the bursary fund should contact the Sixth Form office to make an application.

To be eligible for the bursary students must:

  • be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017 or
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2017 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2017 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’)
  • meet the residency criteria in EFA 2017 to 2018 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision
  • be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body which assures quality (such as Ofsted), the provision must also be either funded directly by EFA or by EFA via a local authority, otherwise publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to and including Level 3) accredited by Ofqual or pursuant to Section 96 or the Learning and Skills Act 2000 a 16 to 19 traineeship programme

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

For vulnerable bursaries, institutions draw down funding (by submitting a funding claim) from the Student Bursary Support Service (SBSS) when they have identified students who meet the vulnerable bursary criteria.

To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, students must be facing financial barriers to participation and need help to stay in education.

Institutions receive discretionary bursary funding allocations from EFA that they manage directly, deciding which students are eligible for help and how much they receive, in line with this guide and their own policies.

In the 2014 to 2015 academic year, additional funding for free meals for post-16 students attending further education funded institutions was introduced to provide parity with those young people attending school sixth-forms. In the 2016 to 2017 academic year, EFA removed the ring fence between the free meals in further education allocation and the discretionary bursaries allocation. This flexibility remains in place for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

Future opportunities

A degree course in History is the most obvious next step. History is a useful and often necessary subject for a number of careers e.g. the media, journal ism, law, local government, where employers appreciate analytical, investigative and communicative skills. Many people with History qualifications al so find employment in business, accountancy, marketing and sales, for example.

History qualifications are highly valued by a range of employers, as students with them are seen as inquisitive and capable of making their own judgements on information presented to them. They also have good communication skills and show in itiative in seeking out information .

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September