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Classical Civilisation A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

A level classical civilisation is a chance to delve into the ancient past to study the language, history, culture and literature of two civilizations that led the world for centuries.

This in-depth study of the classical Greek and Roman worlds spans literature, art, politics, religion, philosophy, theatre, history, sociology and even touches on economics. An excellent fourth option, alongside other humanities subjects – especially history, English, politics and philosophy – many classical civilisation students go on to study classical studies, English literature, classical civilisations, ancient and/or modern history, law, geography and a wide range of other humanities subjects.

Course content

Throughout this course you will learn about the society and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Specifically, this will include ancient Greek myth (odyssey) and what this teaches us about society and culture; Athenian culture in the 5th century (Greek tragedy) and the place of drama and theatre within society; society and culture in Rome (Roman society); the lives of the emperors; and the importance of satire. In addition to developing skills in communication, teamwork and the presentation of ideas you will learn how to analyse complex information and relate it to the modern world. You will also learn to extract key elements from source material and use this to compose well supported arguments within analytical and evaluative essays.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE English literature and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - OCR

The course is assessed entirely through exams at the end of each of the two years. Each exam will last 1½ hours consisting of two sections: short answer questions and one essay.

Further information

Whilst on this course you’ll be encouraged to explore the subject through a variety of activities, both in the classroom and outside. Trips, presentations, lectures, visits, discussions, experience games, role play and informal debate are key – along with the many Enrichment exercises provided, that support exploration of this classical world.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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