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Classical Civilisation A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

From drama to democracy, from Shakespeare to the White House, from Botticelli to gender politics, our culture has been continuously inspired by its classical models. If you want to really understand the history of the last 2,000 years you need to start with the ideas that shaped it, and still shape it.

This course embraces literature, history, art and architecture, politics, law and philosophy—this is joined up culture and will give you a depth and breadth of knowledge not just about the ancient world but about your world too.

Course content

The AQA A Level is not just one subject. The AS units focus on literature and social history: Homer’s Iliad, the foundational work of western literature, is the story of the ultimate hero, Achilles. Greek Architecture and Sculpture is an exploration of the aesthetics that underpins our way of looking at art.

A2 comprises an in-depth study of two major literary genres and the social and political contexts that produced them: the timeless drama of Greek Tragedy and the mythohistory of Roman Epic.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

A-level Classical Civilisation does not require GCSE Classical Civilisation and does not involve the study of ancient languages.

Future opportunities

Classical Civilisation is very highly regarded by universities across a wide range of disciplines. Many universities, including Oxford and Cambridge recommend A Level Classical Civilisation for students intending to read Classics, Classical Studies or Ancient History, and a knowledge of the classical past is particularly useful for the study of history, English, politics, art and philosophy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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