Classical Civilisation

Examining Body: OCR 

Entry Criteria: Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or History

A Level Classical Civilisation gives you the opportunity to examine the Greek and Roman  worlds in depth. The course combines elements of Drama,  Literature  and  History  and attempts to understand the roots of  Western  civilization  while  at  the  same  time  approaching these cultures and societies on their own terms.

There is a clear focus on developing the skills of:

  • Investigation and analysis of Greek and Roman Civilisation through the study of their literature in translation and the physical evidence
  • Developing an awareness of how similar and also how alien these classical civilisations are from the present
  • Evaluating different kinds of evidence including the classical texts themselves and appreciating them in their own contexts

Type and Nature of the Work Involved:

The emphasis is on providing you with activities and experiences so you can process and make sense of the research you have done and the classical texts you are studying.

The knowledge and understanding required for the exam will take the form of notes, independent reading, essays and a Classics trip to Athens to see many of the places important to the course.

To start this course, you will need five grade 4 GCSE passes, including at least a grade 5 in English Language or History. No previous knowledge of the subject is required.

Method of Assessment:

The World of the Hero: Homer’s Odyssey & Virgil’s Aeneid – exam (2 hours 20 minutes) 40%

Culture and the Arts: Greek Theatre – exam (1 hour 45 minutes) 30%

Beliefs and Ideas: Politics of the late republic – exam (1 hour 45 minutes) 30%