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A Level Classical Civilisation at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The course provides an outstanding study of Greek and Roman history and culture, focusing on events, characters and ideas that changed the world. The monumental war between Greece and Persia in the 5th century BC, the war between Hannibal and Rome, the life of Alexander the Great and the inspirational works of Greek art and architecture will all be studied.

Conflict, leadership, courage and resolution are themes running through the course. These themes offer the candidate a fresh perspective on the modern world and provides an opportunity for lively discussion on moral, ethical, social, political and cultural issues. In the examinations there are two types of question: context questions (commenting on sources of evidence such as text or images) and essay questions. For each unit candidates must answer one context question and one essay question in one and a half hours.

Unit 1 Classical Civilisation (2021) Candidates study a selection of some the most famous and inspirational works of sculpture from the Greek world, learning to appreciate their significance in progressing human art forms, innovations in style and their meaning as cultural objects.

Unit 2 The Second Punic War (CIV2F) The war between Hannibal and Rome provides a fascinating and vivid subject for study, encompassing great leaders, epic battles and ingenious tactics.

A2 Classical Civilisation (2021)

Unit 3 The Persian Wars (CIV3B) The invasion of Greece by Persia in 480 BC was another moment that held history in the balance. The consequences of a Persian victory can hardly be appreciated, therefore the reasons behind their astonishing failure and the fuel it gave to western civilisation makes another fascinating subject to study.

Unit 4 Alexander the Great (CIV4B) A legend, a god, an inspiration, a hero or a devil? The enigmatic and immortal Alexander is studied, from his rise to power, his astonishing conquests and the extraordinary, and tragically short, life are studied.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. In addition, students must achieve GCSE grade B in English Language or English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years