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Ancient History A Level at WQE

Course description

The Ancient History course combines the study of some of the most well-known parts of Greek and Roman history:

• Students will complete a period study for both ancient societies which encompasses a broad sweep of history and two more narrowly focussed depth studies. In addition to studying a wide range of ancient source material students will also gain an understanding of modern historians’ debates surrounding a number of key issues in each of the period studies.

• In the Greek period study, students will cover the period from 492 to 404 BC including the challenge posed by the Persian Empire, the growth of Athenian power following the defeat of the Persians and the conflict between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. The depth study covers Spartan society in the same period.

• The Roman period study covers the Julio-Claudian emperors from Augustus through to Nero (31 BC - AD 68). The depth study looks at Roman Britain from the conquest during the reign of Claudius through to the construction of Hadrian’s Wall (AD 43- 12-128) • The study of both Greek and Roman History is basealmost entirely on the original sources in modern translations.

Course content

The Ancient History course combines the study of some of the most well-known parts of Greek and Roman history:

• Students will complete a period study for both ancient societies which encompasses a broad sweep of history and two more narrowly focussed depth studies. In addition to studying a wide range of ancient source material students will also gain an understanding of modern historians’ debates surrounding a number of key issues in each of the period studies.

• In the Greek period study, students will cover the period from 492 to 404 BC including the challenge posed by the Persian Empire, the growth of Athenian power following the defeat of the Persians and the conflict between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. The depth study covers Spartan society in the same period.

• The Roman period study covers the Julio-Claudian emperors from Augustus through to Nero (31 BC - AD 68). The depth study looks at Roman Britain from the conquest during the reign of Claudius through to the construction of Hadrian’s Wall (AD 43- 12-128) • The study of both Greek and Roman History is basealmost entirely on the original sources in modern translations.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements, this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Literature and English Language.

It is not necessary to have studied Ancient History or History previously in order to take it at A-Level.

Assessment

There are two units for the A-Level qualification - one Greek and one Roman, There will be a mixture of sourcebased and essay questions.

Future opportunities

All universities accept Ancient History as an A-Level entry qualification. It is a highly desirable qualification for anyone with an interest or career intentions in Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology. Although not an essential subject for any particular career other than Archaeology, it is strongly recommended to those who wish to improve their understanding and appreciation of the origins of Western civilisation, including geography, history, and culture.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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