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Classical Civilisation at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Course description



Outline of the Course:

Unit 1: The World of the Hero (H408/11) Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid

  • Study two of the cornerstones of Western Literature. Analyse the plot and characters present in the set books of both pieces of epic poetry and compare themes such as heroism, the role of the gods and fate, the position of women and the context in which both texts were composed.

Unit 2: Culture and the Arts: The Greek Theatre (H408/21)

  • This is unit takes a holistic approach to the topic. You will study two tragedy plays (Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Bacchae) and one comedy play (Aristophanes’ Frogs) and analyse key themes and plot devises. Also you will look at the context in which the plays are set, theatre conventions and our sources of information on the Greek theatre and what it reveals about Greek society.

Unit 3: Beliefs and Ideas: Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33)

  • Study in details the political structure of 79-43BC and key individuals such as Sulla, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Pompey and Crassus who drastically changed the political landscape of the time. Analyse set sources to look at the causes and consequences of political scandals, alliances and civil wars.



Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Classical Civilisation or 7 in English Language or English Literature

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Classical Civilisation or 6 in English Language or English Literature



Type of Assessment




A series of show answer questions and longer answers based on set books that have been studied as part of the course.

2 hours 20 minutes



A series of short answer questions based on sources studied as part of the course. An extract from a set play with short and longer questions based on this.

1 hour 45 minutes



A series of short and longer answer questions based on studied sources from the course. A choice of 2 essays.

1 hour 45 minutes






Future opportunities

Owing to the cross curricular nature of the subject, after A-Level you can progress to any number of subjects or careers. As well as degrees directly linked to the subject, such as Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Archaeology, you can draw on your knowledge of literature and history to undertake many humanity based courses. The subject is valued by employers at A-Level and degree level, owing to the higher level thinking skills it develops.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2018
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Key information

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