Studying the Ancient World delivers rich insights into our distant past, alongside thoroughly modern and transferable skills. Classics puts students in touch with something larger than themselves. Parts of the subject have been taught in an unbroken tradition for over two thousand years. Classics develops your understanding of humanity: the great span of our civilisation and the universals and particulars of our thought.

Classics is the king of interdisciplinary. You learn how to solve problems methodically, how to memorise and deploy information, how to read sources, how to read art and even how to write, essays or creatively.

Classics A-Level

A-Level Classical Civilisation* is a wide-ranging subject involving the study of literature, culture, artefacts and sources, thought and ideas; all set in an ancient context – Ancient Greece and Rome. All material is studied in translation, no prior knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.

*No prior knowledge nor Classical Civilisation GCSE is required.

Why study A-Level Classical Civilisation?

Interested in travelling back in time to explore the great civilisations of Ancient Greeks and Romans? Interested in discovering the epic stories that inspired the likes of Shakespeare and Renaissance artists? Interested in mythology, drama, philosophy, literature, art? A Level Classical Civilisation encompasses them all! The topics studied are still relevant to the modern-day and help us to understand our own world.

Component 1: The World of the Hero The study of either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey in tandem with Virgil’s Aeneid. Students are assessed on their understanding of the Epics’ composition and literary techniques, the heroic world and the poems’ social, religious and cultural contexts.
Component 2: Culture & the Arts This paper includes four options: Greek Art, Roman Imperial Image, Greek Theatre and The Invention of the Barbarian. Students are assessed on their capacity to interpret and respond to prescribed visual and literary sources and analyse how they relate to their social, political and cultural context.
Component 3: Beliefs & Ideas This paper includes four options: Greek Religion, Love and Relationships, Politics, of the Late Republic, Democracy and the Athenians. Students are assessed on their understanding of and response to Classical thought: ideas about government, religion, love and morality.