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Classical Civilisation A-Level at Diss High School

Course description

Classical Civilisation gives you the opportunity to examine the Greek and Roman worlds in depth. The course combines elements of Drama, Literature and History and tries to understand the roots of Western civilisation while at the same time approaching these cultures and societies on their own terms.

Course content

There is a clear focus on developing the skills of:

Investigation and analysis of Greek and Roman Civilisation though the study of their literature in translation and the physical evidence.

Developing an awareness of how similar and also how alien these classical civilisations are from the present.

Evaluating different kinds of evidence including the classical texts themselves and appreciating them in their own contexts.

Type and Nature of the Work Involved:

The emphasis is on providing you with activities and experience so you can process and make sense of the research you have done and the classical texts you are studying.

The knowledge and understanding required for the exam will take the form of notes, independent reading and essays.

Entry requirements

You are required to have at least five Cs at GCSE including Maths and English Language at Grade C.

Subject Specific

English Language grade B

To start this course, you will need 5 GCSE passes A* to C, including at least a B in English. No previous knowledge of the subject is required.



Greek History – Athenian Democracy

Examination 1hr 30min

Greek Literature – Homer’s Odyssey

Examination 1hr 30min


Greek Literature – Greek Tragedy

Examination 1hr 30min

Greek History – Alexander the Great

Examination 1hr 30min

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

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