Classical Civilisation A Level at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy
The thrilling world of the Greeks and Romans is the very basis of European civilisation. With its unique depth
and breadth, studying this subject is becoming increasingly popular both at schools and universities across
Britain. Films and television have greatly increased interest, especially with the recent BBC drama series
Rome, and films like Troy and Gladiator. Classical Civilisation offers an exciting opportunity to study the art,
archaeology, architecture, culture, literature and history of one of the most important and influential periods of
our past. The subject is taught by a national specialist dedicated to increasing interest in this remarkable era.
What’s in the course?
The first year (AS) in the new OCR syllabus consists of two papers:
- Archaeology of the Classical World. Students will study architecture, art and archaeological
methodology with a special focus on Mycenaean Greece (the age of the Trojan War).
- City Life in Roman Italy. Students will study the dramatic remains of the Roman cities of Ostia, Pompeii
and Herculaneum in Italy, placing them in their social, cultural and historical contexts.
The second year (A2) consists of two further papers:
- Roman Britain. Britain’s Roman remains and the history of her time as a Roman province provides an
invaluable opportunity for students to study the classical world on their doorstep.
- The Epic and the Age of Augustus. Epic poetry is one of the great gifts of antiquity. Students will focus
primarily on Virgil’s great poem, the Aeneid, but will also study Homer’s Iliad and its account of the
Siege of Troy to place the Aeneid in context.
The minimum requirement for entry to the Sixth form is 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C including English and Mathematics and preferably at least a B in History.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy directly.