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Classical Civilization A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

The Classical World was bold, bloody and beautiful. Brutally ruthless, ambitious, humorous, idealistic and flawed, the Roman and Greek cultures you will study will pose questions about humanity and our motivations.

Classical Civilisation will develop you as an intelligent, scholarly and rounded individual through the scrutiny of the building blocks of the Western world. You will also experience the interdisciplinary work and thinking that will be a requirement of courses at university and beyond.

There will be opportunities for the analysis of literature, the evaluation of historical sources, engagement with the logic of argument and philosophy and the scrutiny and critique of art and architecture, providing a diverse range of knowledge and skills. Alongside developing you as critical thinkers and writers, it will be a course requiring the interaction with locations and objects, with planned visits to Rome, Pompeii, The British Museum and local Romano-Britain sites. For those wishing to pursue a language element, a fast track optional Latin course will be made available.

Course content

The course will cover Classical Literature, Classic Visual and Material Culture and Classical Thought. Students will have the opportunity to study a variety of topics, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Greek Tragedy and Cicero. During the second year, there will be the opportunity to study Women in Lesbos, Athens and Rome, Virgil’s Aeneid and the historical works of Suetonius and Tacitus.

Students will study six topics over the two years. The course is assessed by written examination only

Further information

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, it is suited to accompany a wide variety of A’Level subjects. English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Law and Philosophy and Ethics would be the natural partners; however, students of Science and Mathematics who desire a humanities subject for a more rounded curriculum would also be suited.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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