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Ancient History GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

GCSE Ancient History consists of four units:

Alexander the Great

Hannibal’s Invasion and Defeat

Cleopatra and Her Impact on Roman Politics

The Hellenistic World

Course content

You will study the life of Alexander from a set of sources, such as Plutarch’s or Arrian’s accounts. You will learn about Alexander’s campaigns and the main battles. You will be expected to gain detailed knowledge of the sources and knowledge of the background context.

You will look in detail on Hannibal’s invasion of Italy and you will study the details of the battles between Rome and Carthage. You will again read sources, such as Livy and Polybius.

You will study the significance of women in the ancient world: the focus will be on Cleopatra, her accession and relationship with Caesar and Mark Antony. Subsequently, you will study sources that manipulate the image of Cleopatra, and you will read works of some of her biographers.

You will gain knowledge of historical and cultural background of the Hellenistic kingdoms: the succession to Alexander and Hellenistic monarchs, technological and scientific developments and Hellenistic culture (literature, philosophy, art).


There is a 1 hour 15 mins exam in three of the units listed above. Each exam is 25% of the total marks. There is also Controlled Assessment for The Hellenistic World unit, which is worth 25% of the total marks.

Future opportunities

The research and analytical skills you will develop on this course will provide a useful basis for study in most other subjects in the future. Ancient History GCSE may help you gain entry into Further and Higher education courses in the Humanities. You might like to consider a career in Heritage, Archaeology, or Philosophy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years