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Classical Civilisations A2 Level (AQA) at Hackney Community College

Course description

This specification has been designed to: offer a wide choice of topics in the areas of archaeology, architecture, art, history and politics, literature and philosophy, provide teachers with the flexibility to design a course which reflects their own interests and those of their candidates, complement many other popular A Levels, including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History, History of Art, and Philosophy.You will be encouraged to: develop the critical and evaluative skills which will enable you to go on to Higher Education to study a wide range of courses, draw on your experiences at GCSE as well as offering a meaningful foundation for the study of classical culture beyond A Level, play to your strengths and deepen your enjoyment by offering a great deal of choice within its parameters. Following on from AS Level, you’ll study two further significant aspects of the classical world. Areas of study now include archaeology and philosophy. An understanding of the links between different central elements of study is expected, and all topics encourage candidates to a greater understanding of the cultural, religious, social and political values of the classical world.

Course content

You will learn through a variety of activities. Real life case studies will be used to explain theories. You’ll be encouraged to discuss and share views in small groups. There are some practical elements to the course such as planning and carrying out presentations. You’ll learn through research, case studies, discussions, note taking, reading and individual research projects.

Entry requirements

Pass at AS Level.


There is an end of year exam. Assessment is entirely by examination.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Higher Education or employmentin areas such as: History, Politics, Law, Teaching and many others.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues. As a student of HCC Sixth Form, you are entitled to additional learning support if you need it. For many students additional support is provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. This is very beneficial to your learning as it is a mechansim by which you can develop your literacy and numeracy skills and so improve your chances of success on the course. Subject specific workshops are available after the October half term as one hour sessions per week to assist and support your learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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