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Classical Civilisation A level (AQA2020) *Fees Payable* at Birkdale School

Course description

The course is open to everyone. You do not need to have studied any Classics before. The main requirement is an open mind!


Are you curious about the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome and their impact on the world we live in today?

Classical Civilisation studies the oldest surviving works of literature, the origins of democracy, the birth of theatre and the thought and philosophy of the Ancient world.

A level Classical Civilisation will give you an appreciation and understanding of these aspects


Course content

There are three components to the A level.


  • The World of the Hero

    This is a compulsory component and will require in depth study of one of the Homeric epics (Iliad or Odyssey) and Virgil’s Aeneid.


  • Greek Theatre

    By looking at the visual and material culture, we develop an understanding of the social context of drama. An in depth reading of tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides and a comedy by Aristophanes is also required.


  • Greek Religion

    This component will use visual and material culture to explore the nature of the Greek gods and all the ways in which religion permeated Greek society such as domestic rituals, public temples, mystery cults and its effect on the development of philosophy.


    The course develops analytical, evaluation and interpretation skills and improves your skills in written communication. These are skills which are highly regarded by employers.



Entry requirements

Academically, it is expected that students entering Birkdale’s Sixth Form will have achieved a minimum of 5 passes (A* to C/ 9 to 5) at GCSE, with at least 4 at grade B/grade 6 or higher; we would expect B/6 or higher GCSE grades in those subjects being studied to A level. A grade 6 is required to study A Level English and Mathematics, although a grade 7 is preferred in Mathematics. Prospective Further Mathematicians should achieve a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics although a grade 8 is preferred. However, at Birkdale we look beyond the academic and would wish applicants to become fully involved in the life of the school, offering their skills and abilities in one or more of a number of areas (e.g. drama, sport, music, clubs and societies, etc).


Financial information

Please note that Birkdale is a fee-paying independent school. Further information regarding fees can be found on our website

Future opportunities



Further information

Classical Civilisation is an excellent complement to other humanities and can enrich the other subjects such as Theatre Studies, English Literature, History, RS and Art.



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: 26 October 2017

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