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Classical Civilisation AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

This A Level covers the study of Greek and Roman literature and civilisations and offers a wide choice of topics in the areas of archaeology, architecture, art, history and politics, literature and philosophy.

Classical Civilisation, is a broad term for a period of history centered on the Mediterranean Sea, which begins roughly with the earliest‐recorded Greek poetry of Homer (7th century BC), and continues through the rise of Alexander the Great and the Fall of the Roman Empire (5th century AD).

The topics cover aspects of classical civilisation which have been significant in the development of the modern world. All include a study of primary classical sources, whether texts in translation or physical evidence, and all encourage candidates to gain an understanding of Greek and/or Roman society and its values.

A study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A levels, including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History and Philosophy.


Entry requirements

You do not need any previous knowledge to study AS or A Level Classical Civilisation; it is a subject which can be studied from scratch with no problems. An enquiring mind and a liking for reading are important. An ability to discuss and develop a line of argument will be essential.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   


Examining Body:  AQA

Assessment at AS is through one written 3‐hour exam which looks at:

  • Athenian Sculpture and Architecture
  • Either Homer’s ‘Iliad’ or Homer’s ‘Odyssey’
  • Either Sophocles and Euripides or Cicero

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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