Classical Civilisation

A-Level Classical Civilisation

Did You Know?

The first vending machine was invented in Ancient Greece.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"Classics is a mesmerising subject about society in Ancient Greece. The subject comments on heroes like Heracles and Oedipus as well as the 'bad guys'. You'll learn about many unusual traditions and about how ancient societies started and progressed". - Aleksandra Lewicka - lower sixth student



What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. No prior knowledge of Classics is necessary.

What will I study?

Classics is an exciting subject which explores the literature, history, archaeology and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. We will study three absorbing modules which include epic tales of heroes, Greek tragedy and comedy plays, and Greek gods, temples and religious ceremonies.
Epic: Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid. Greek theatre: Oedipus the King, Bacchae, Frogs (and learning about the Greek theatre). Greek religion: Gods and heroes, Greek medicine, Olympic games and philosophy.

What next?

Studying Classical Civilisation allows you to access exciting university courses such as Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient History, which can often involve study abroad. Classics is well respected by high-ranking universities and employers. Former students enjoy prestigious careers in law, banking, teaching, museum curatorship and the media.

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