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Exam Board: OCR

This subject offers the opportunity to study elements of the archaeology, architecture, art, history, literature, philosophy, politics, social history and religion of the Classical Greek and Roman worlds. Modules include 'Greek Theatre', 'Democracy and the Athenians' and 'The World of The Hero'.  

It encourages the development of a range of analytical, interpretative and communication skills, which would prepare a student for work in a variety of areas. 
 To achieve an A Level certificate requires you to study 3 modules to be examined at the end of two years of study. The compulsory module of 'The World of The Hero' involves the study of Homer's Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid and is worth 40% of the A Level. The other two modules are worth 30% each


Who should consider Classical Civilisation?

The course is open to all students; no previous knowledge of the ancient world is required. A Level Classical Civilisation is a highly regarded subject and works well in combination with either Arts or Science based subjects. Many students who study Classical Civilisation are inspired to study Classics at university with no requirement for prior knowledge of Latin. These graduates take up a wide range of careers, from medicine to journalism, computing to law. Classics graduates are highly sought after by employers who value the transferable skills that this discipline provides.


There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the extra-curricular side of the subject. From helping to run our 'Classics Club', to trips to Warwick University and the opportunity to visit Italy or Greece, this subject really can offer a truly rewarding and enriching time during your sixth form studies, preparing you for higher education and the world of work. 

Entry requirements 

GCSE grade 6 in English 

A GCSE in History, grade 6, is useful but is not required.     


Mr Paterson, Head of Classics: