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Classical Civilisation A Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

Classical Civilisation is an unusual subject, a combination of Ancient History and English Literature. It’s similar to a detective story as you have to use a vast variety of evidence to piece together and understand the past. 

In Classic Civilisation, you study the Greek and Roman world through epic poems such as Homer’s Odyssey and through the archaeology of the period from buildings and mosaics to artefacts and jewellery.  So if you want to understand why the Romans slaughtered the English Druids in 60AD or how ancient stories affect modern story-telling, this could be the course for you.


  • It is an interesting and unusual subject
  • You will develop your critical and evaluative skills by analysing evidence of different kinds from the materials studied
  • You will increase your awareness of the relationship between the Classical world and later periods, and thus gain sensitivity to past societies, which contrast with those of the modern western world
  • This course fits well with many A levels, such as History, Philosophy & Ethics, Government & Politics and English Literature, to name a few.
  • The skills gained lead to a wide range of careers


  • No previous knowledge is required
  • Enthusiasm
  • A love of reading is essential
  • An interest in other cultures, Archaeology, Ancient History and Literature

Course content

The current 1st year course is made up of two modules which cover the following topics:

  • Homer’s Odyssey and Society
  • City Life in Roman Italy

In the second year you continue your studies with a further two modules covering the following:

  • Roman Britain: Life in the Outpost of the Empire
  • Virgil and the World of the Hero

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE passes at a grade C or above and since Classical Civilisation is a literary subject these will need to include a grade C or above in English Language and any other literary based subject involving a significant amount of reading, i.e. English Literature or History.

You do not need to have studied any Classical subject at GCSE to study A level Classical Civilisation.



The course will be assessed at the end of the two years.  It is expected that each module will have a written exam which will consist of passages for comment and essays.

Financial information

There a variety of visits that you will be able to consider taking part in. There is an annual visit to Newcastle University for the sixth form Classics open day costing approximately £15, a visit to The British Museum costing approximately £130, we also visit Hadrian’s Wall costing about £20. These visits are all optional.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation teaches important skills, such as clear expression and analysing evidence. These skills are useful in a range of careers such as, police, law, politics, social work, teaching, publishing, banking and all kinds of business and management based careers.

In the past students have gone to University to study Classical Civilisation, Ancient History and Archaeology. This subject will also help you to develop high level analysis skills which will be relevant on lots of other degree courses.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Derby University – History
  • Swansea Met University - Classical Studies & Ancient History


Further information


We expect you to work outside of your timetabled lessons and advise an extra four hours of study a week at home plus two identified private studies periods within your college timetable. For the literacy modules you will read the books independently.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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