Group Three IB Classical Civilisation SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School
Classical Civilisation involves a study in English of the societies of ancient Greece and Rome – there is no Latin or Greek to translate. It examines the legacy we have inherited from these ancient civilisations. Topics are: Epic (Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’), Greek and Roman Drama, Athens’ war against Sparta, and the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Students may choose Latin as well as Classical Civilisation but this is not a requirement. The coursework element of the course is a Research Dossier: candidates choose any topic of Greek or Roman life and compile a collection of primary sources with 800 words of commentary explaining how these help us understand the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed, but students should have an interest in the Ancient World and good essay writing skills.
Trips to Italy and Greece have become regular opportunities to extend their knowledge of the classical world.
Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.
Exam Paper 1 - Essays 40% of total
Exam Paper 2 - Document Questions 40% of total
Coursework - 20% of total
Where will this lead?
Classical Civilisation is a varied course, which can lead to a wide range of degrees and jobs, from law and politics to high finance and computer programming. There are numerous degree courses in classical subjects including Ancient History and Archaeology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.