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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

We are delighted to offer the new Classical Civilisation A Level which encompasses a wide range of topics including art, philosophy, Greek tragedy, Greek comedy, Roman religion and epic.  All texts will be studied in translation and through these texts, students will explore the historical, social and political contexts of contemporary society.  This two year A level is therefore a comprehensive study of the ancient world.

There is no course work and you do not need to know the Latin or Greek languages, but you must have a B grade at GCSE in either English or History.

Course content


World of the Hero:

Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid                      2 hour 20 minute paper

Culture and the Arts:                                                1 hour 45 minute paper

Greek Theatre including a study of Sophocles’ Oedipus; Euripides’ Bacchae and Aristophanes’ Frogs

Beliefs and Ideas                                                     1 hour 45 minutes paper

Classical thought on Greek Religion 

Entry requirements

  • The minimum requirement is three 6 and three others at a 5
  • At least a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics
  • You will require a grade 6 or above in most subjects you wish to study at A Level
  • To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7 or above
  • To study Economics a grade 7 or above in Mathematics is required and a grade 6 or above in Business or a related subject
  • Students may be able to study a Science subject with a 6 but their 4th option choice must be STEM Access forming part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway
  • For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9 and this will be your 4th A Level subject
  • Photography will also be offered as a 4th A Level option
  • Short courses count as half a GCSE
  • You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for the school aims, objectives and ethos
  • Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community


There will be three examinations at the end of the two year course, including the analysis of primary sources and essay style questions.  Students will be expected to commit to background reading, independent research and note taking.

Future opportunities

The broad nature of Classical Civilisation allows the students to follow a wide variety of career paths.  The topics encourage historical enquiry, analytical skills, effective communication and critical thinking.  It is held in high esteem by Universities and would complement many other A Level courses including History, English, Philosophy and Psychology.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years