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Classical Civilisation A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

Classical Civilisation is the study of the literature and artefacts of the Classical World, leading to an understanding of the culture, politics and social life of Rome and/or Greece at significant periods in their history.

Aims of the course

  • To develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world.
  • To enable students to acquire, through studying a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilisation.
  • To develop in students an awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times.
  • To enable students to develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level
  • To encourage an informed, personal response to the material studied

To support the work on Greek drama in the course we try to see as much as we can in the theatre, both professional and student productions.  Visits to the British Museum and the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge are organised to support the Art and Architecture module, and we attend talks and events on relevant topics whenever possible.

Course content

We shall be following the OCR Advanced GCE in Classical Civilisation.

Y12 students will take the following modules:

  • AS unit CC2 - Homer's Odyssey and Society.
  • AS unit CC4 - Greek Tragedy in its context

Y13 students will take the following modules:

  • A2 unit CC8 - Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • A2 unit CC9 - Comic Drama in the Ancient World

Entry requirements

Because all the literature in the Classical Civilisation course is read in English translation, knowledge of Latin or Classical Greek is not required.  Nor is previous experience of classical study necessary, although those who have previously enjoyed history, mythology, drama or archaeology are likely to find the course appealing.  A good grade in English Literature, Religious Education or History at GCSE would be an indicator of potential in this subject, and it is a requirement that candidates have at least a grade B in one of these subjects.

Future opportunities

Classics encourages critical thinking and the ability to express oneself clearly in writing, orally and using information technology, qualities which are required in many careers, including Law, Industry, Finance, Social Work, Education, Healthcare, Journalism and the Arts.  The subject combines well with both arts and sciences and is particularly suitable for those interested in future studies in English LIterature, History, History of Art, Archaeology, Drama and Theatre Studies and Law.  Many students choose to pursue courses in Classics or Classical Studies at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackheath High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September