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Classical Civilisation A-Level at Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Course description

Would you like to know more about Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan war? What role did Greek gods and goddesses have in Odysseus’ adventures? What were Roman dinner parties like and how did the Romans actually treat their slaves?

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

You will have developed confidence in your understanding of cultures that underpin our lives; you will have learned to think for yourself under pressure, deducing conclusions from primary evidence, and you will be able to communicate those ideas.

At university, Classical Studies and Archaeology courses are experiencing great growth and the A level could provide an insight into related courses such as English, Theatre Studies, History and Art.

As for careers, it is for skills in communication that all employers are crying out. No wonder previous students have been taken on as management trainees, gone into the media, banking, accountancy, law or teaching. More directly, you might find it inspires you towards archaeology and museum work.

Key Points:

These are a few questions which you might consider if you take Classical Civilisation to A Level. Roman history and culture touch all our lives today – their insights into important questions are as relevant in the 21st century as they were 2000 years ago. You will be encouraged to develop your ability to express your ideas and opinions orally as well as in written form. Personal viewpoints are absolutely vital. You will research and organise material into an argument, increasingly working on clarity of expression. You will have the opportunity to widen your horizons by extended reading. The variety of materials – vase paintings, Greek sculptures and temples, letters, epic poetry and more – will amaze and delight you!

Visits are usually undertaken to a variety of museums such as the British Museum or the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford as well as attendance at relevant lecture and study days. Guest speakers are invited whenever possible as well as visits to classical sites abroad.

Entry requirements

Students (external and internal) wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*- B, including Mathematics and English Language with a minimum average points score of 48 from her best 6 subjects.  Students should preferably have achieved A* or A in the subjects they wish to study at A Level, but with a minimum of grade B. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted.  The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverhampton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years