Classical Civilisation

Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
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What do I need to study this course?

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. No prior knowledge of Classical Civilisation is necessary to take this course.


What will I study?

A Level Classical Civilisation is an exciting and absorbing subject which focuses on the literature and culture of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL
You will study Homer’s famous epic poem, The Odyssey, and read some of the best known tragic plays in world literature. So what does that actually mean? Journey with the hero Odysseus as he struggles with angry gods and mythical monsters, battles against human enemies who hold all the
aces, and finds out that falling in love is a dangerous business. Follow the story of Medea, a scorned wife. Meet King Agamemnon as he returns home from the Trojan War to danger lurking in his own palace. And that’s just for starters…

SECOND YEAR OF A-LEVEL
You will extend your knowledge of Greek and Roman culture to include Homer’s Iliad (the story of Troy), the Roman epic of Virgil’s Aeneid and a selection of Greek and Roman Comedies. In addition we fight alongside the Trojan hero Hector, journey with Trojan prince Aeneas from Troy as he strives to reach Italy and found the Roman race and we have a laugh at the knockabout and vulgar humour of the Greeks and Romans.

You will have the opportunity, if you wish, to study Latin and Greek languages as optional enhancement subjects in lunch time classes. These languages are very useful for classicists
and for those intending to pursue careers in medicine, the legal profession, or for anyone who is looking for an academic challenge!


What next?

Classical Civilisation is a highly-rated subject. A range of universities offer lively, exciting Classics courses, many of which offer the chance to study abroad or include archaeology, philosophy, drama and art. Classicists become solicitors, barristers, accountants, bankers, librarians, teachers and
journalists, amongst other things. The wide range of skills you develop will make you highly desirable in the eyes of potential employers.