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Classical Civilization A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

The course is based on a study of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. No language work is involved.

Course content

AS Level Units: In the first year of the course, students study for the AS Level examination. Two topics are studied:

1.    Homer: ‘The Odyssey’ - an epic poem about the wanderings of Odysseuss (50% of AS Level)

2.    Women in Greek and Roman Society: a look at the lifestyles of women in the ancient world (50% of AS Level)

Each topic is examined by an examination paper of 1 hour 30 minutes.


A Level Units: Students who continue to A Level study a further two topics:

3.    Greek Tragedy: The Greeks developed drama as we know it. Students will study the origins and production of drama and will read four plays, two by Sophocles and two by Euripides (50% of A Level)

4.    Roman Epic: Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ is studied; an epic poem about the founding of Rome (50% of A Level)

Each topic is examined by an examination paper of 1 hour 30 minutes.

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary and there are no specific entry requirements other than a grade C in GCSE English Language. The majority of students start the subject in the Sixth Form.

Further information

Each group of students is taught by two members of staff who specialise in different areas of the syllabus. The department is extremely well-equipped and has a wide range of audio-visual and ICT resources. During the course, visits are made to museums, theatres and conferences.


Career prospects for Classicists are the same as for other Arts students. In recent years students have progressed on to a wide range of courses in Higher Education or have gained various forms of employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years