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Ancient History, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Do you find the lives of ancient rulers fascinating? Do you find the ancient buildings coins, statues and temples which outlived the ancient Greeks and Romans awe inspiring? Do you enjoy handling original sources and analysing them as pieces of evidence? If so, you should be an Ancient History student!  
The topics we cover will answer questions such as, why were the Spartans such legendary soldiers? Why did women play such a dominant role in Spartan society? Why did Rome change from being a republic to being an empire? Why and how were Roman citizens encouraged to worship the emperor as a god? You’ll also study the causes of the Greco-Persian wars and look at a range of fascinating Persian sources that help us understand why the Persian kings wanted to expand their empire. In the second year you’ll meet some of the most interesting and cruel emperors of Rome such as Nero and Caligula and learn about how they used and abused their power.
We believe that the best way to learn about Ancient History is to see it. You will participate in a visit to the British Museum where you will see artefacts from the Ancient Greek and Roman world including the Elgin Marbles and a vast array of Greek and Roman coins, vases and statuary. Other trips are arranged to Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester. For students wishing to delve more deeply into this subject the department has a wide range of classical literature including Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ and the work of other great classical poets. Such background reading would be particularly beneficial to students wishing to apply to prestigious universities, including Oxbridge.

Course content

Year 1 (AS)
AS (F391) The Politics and Society of Ancient Sparta. Topics include Spartan childhood and education, women, slavery and Spartan government.
AS (F392) The Augustan Principate. Topics include the death of Julius Caesar, the Battle of Actium, and Augustus’ rise to power, opposition and emperor Augustus’ relationships with the different classes in Rome.
Year 2 (A2)
A2 (F393) Greece and Persia 499-449BC. Topics include the Ionian Revolt, the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis. 
A2 (F394) The Invention of Imperial Rome. Topics include succession, religion in Rome, the imperial cult, architecture, society and morality and opposition.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% exam

A2 100% exam

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • Newcastle University - History
  • Kings College London - Ancient History
  • University of Manchester - Ancient History
  • MMU Ancient and Medieval - History


Careers Destinations
  • Museum Curator 
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Conservator 
  • Archivist 
  • Education


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Archaeology
  • Modern History
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • English

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: 03 October 2017
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