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Classical Civilisations at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

Classics is a vibrant and exciting subject; the history of the classical world is so relevant today and the stories and people have inspired and continue to inspire amazing works of art and literature. These are the cultures that have influenced our modern Western world and this makes their differences only more fascinating. You will study a wide range of literature spanning many hundreds of years and examine the material culture – the art and architecture – giving you the opportunity to build an informed picture of the classical world from the earliest Greeks to the formation of the powerhouse that was the Roman Empire.

Who does it suit?
Classical Civilisation suits students who will enjoy studying the ancient world through a wide variety of sources, from literature to history, from politics to architecture.

Although the subject is of particular interest to students of literature, history and Latin, it is a subject taken and enjoyed by students of all disciplines.

Course content

In the first year you will study:

The World of the Hero – The Odyssey (Compulsory Component)

Greek Art – explore a range of the visual arts produced by the Greeks in 6th–4th centuries BC, including freestanding sculpture, architectural sculpture and vase-painting.

In the second year you will study:

The World of the Hero – The Aeneid (Compulsory Component)

Politics of the Late Republic – studying the tumultuous period of the 1st century BC via the works of three contemporary political figures: Cicero, Cato the Younger and Caesar.

Entry requirements

Required: 5 GCSE passes at 4+ including English and Maths

Desired: 6 in History or RE or English


Paper 1:
The World of the Hero
40 % of the A level
2 hours and 20 minutes

Paper 2:
Greek Art;
30% of the A level;
1 hour and 45 minutes

Paper 3:
Politics of the Late Republic
30% of the A level
1 hour and 45 minutes

Future opportunities

Advertising; Business; Chartered Accounting; Civil Service; Heritage work; Journalism; Law; Marketing; Teaching

Further information

Visits to museums and Roman sites; lectures by university speakers; theatre trips; trips abroad to Rome or Athens.

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: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs Anna Lord
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 02083254630
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