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Classical Civilisation AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

Classical Civilisation is a varied and stimulating A level course. The course will suit students who are keen to develop their own ideas and responses to a range of literature and other sources. Students do not need to have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE level to take this option. 

The aims of the course are for students to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world;
  • develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills;
  • acquire, through studying a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of  selected aspects of classical civilisation;
  • develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the   similarities and differences between the classical world and later times;
  • make an informed, personal response to the material studied.

Course content

4 units – 2 for AS level and 2 for A2 level:

Year One

  •  Module 1 Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and society
  •  Module 2 Greek Tragedy in its context

 Four plays are studied:

  • Euripides - ‘Medea’ and ‘Electra’
  • Aeschylus - ‘Agamemnon’

Year Two

  • Module 3 Virgil and the World of the Hero.  Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ and parts of Homer’s ‘Iliad’ are studied
  • Module 4 Art and Architecture in the Greek world (Archaic period to 4th Century BC)

The topics are:

  • Greek Free Standing sculpture
  • Greek Vase Painting
  • Temple architecture and architectural sculpture
  • Sanctuaries 

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B.

A GCSE in Classical Civilisation is useful but not essential. No knowledge of Latin or Classical Greek is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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