Classical Civilisation A-Level at St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School
You do not need to have studied Latin or any other classical subject to do Classical Civilisation and so it may be taken as a new subject at Sixth Form level. This is a subject that will suit students who are already interested in the ancient world as well as those who are new to the subject and looking for a fresh area to study. In the first (AS) year, students will study for in two written papers on Women in Greek and Roman Society and Homer's Odyssey. In the second (A2) year, students will study Greek tragedy and Virgil's Aeneid. (All text are studied in translation.) There is no coursework. Visual study (by visits to museums, classical sites and theatres) and critical reading of original material in translation are strongly encouraged. These insights into the development of western civilisation form a useful and desirable framework for a balanced awareness of the present. Therefore, any student of Modern Languages and Literature, English or History would find the subject useful both intrinsically and because it helps the development of essay writing skills. It also provides an invaluable combination for students of Latin and Greek, but would also provide diversity (as the AS curriculum is designed to do) and breadth of curriculum for scientists, Mathematicians or, indeed, anyone.
General entry requirements to the Sixth Form are a minimum of three Grade Bs and two Grade Cs at GCSE. Students must obtain at least Grade B at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A/S level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School directly.