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Classical Civilisation AS/A2 Level at Chichester High Schools Sixth Form

Course description

The AS course allows you to study the history, politics and literature of two ancient societies. Unit 1 will be a study of the political development of ancientAthens from the sixth century BC and how the world’s first democracy operated in practice. Unit 2 will involve the study of the causes, events and impact of the Second PunicWar fought by Rome and Carthage between 221 and 201 BC.

Together, these two units will give you a firm grounding in some of the most pivotal moments in ancient history, and equip you with the skills necessary to analyse ancient literature and its usefulness as historical evidence.

At A2, you will study two iconic historical figures who are crucial for our understanding of the ancient world. Unit 3 will involve the critical study of the career of a man widely regarded as the first of the Roman Emperors; Augustus Caesar. You will use your understanding of contemporary Roman values and the ancient sources to evaluate different aspects of Augustus’ career between 44 BC and AD 14. In Unit 4 you will adopt a critical approach to the ancient evidence to evaluate the policies, reforms and actions of Alexander the Great between 336 and 323 BC.

As at AS, you will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate critical thought and analytical skills in answering source-based and essay-style questions. On successful completion of the full A-Level course you will have an excellent foundation in the history, literature, politics and values of ancient Greek and Roman societies.


Course content

AS Year:

Unit 1: Athenian Democracy in the Fifth Century BC

Unit 2: The Second Punic War


Unit 3: Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate

Unit 4: Alexander


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above with a grade B in English.



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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester High Schools Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

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