A Level Classical Civilisation

Gumley House School


A Level Classical Civilisation

Study Classical Civilisation at The Sixth

Exam Board:  
Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in GCSE History and English Language

Why study this course?
As a Classicist you will develop a range of critical and evaluative skills highly valued by universities and employers. We aim to enhance your ability to communicate effectively, to construct a logical argument and to think independently. By choosing Classical Civilisation you will learn to analyse and interpret literary texts and to link them to their historical and cultural contexts. Classical Civilisation is a popular subject choice because it complements a range of other popular A Levels including History, English Literature, Drama and Philosophy.

What will I learn?

Choosing Classical Civilisation will allow your passion and interest in the Classical world to be deepened through a variety of historical and literary topics. Learners are given the opportunity to explore some of the ideas and ideals important to not only to the ancient world, but also to the modern one. From ideas about love to those about democracy, learners will examine thought provoking and interesting concepts that will develop their ability to evaluate and analyse ideas as well as sources.

How will I be taught?

We aim to incorporate a range of teaching and learning styles into your study. This may include role-play, debates, film or documentaries, groupwork or presentations as well as individual research, reading and writing. We hope to further supplement your learning with appropriate trips, visits and excursions.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You will be expected to complete around six hours of additional study each week.

You’ll enjoy this course if?
You are interested in finding out how the Classical world shaped today’s society. 

Course Description
Paper 1: The World of the Hero
An in-depth study of Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid. This component is solely focused on the study of literature in translation.

Paper 2: Culture and the Arts
The study of visual and material culture, this is combined with the study of literature in translation. Learners must study one component in this component group, chosen from Greek Theatre or Invention of the Barbarian.

Paper 3: Beliefs and Ideas
Components in this group involve an area of classical thought, in combination with either the study of literature in translation or visual/material culture. Learners must study one component in this group, chosen from:
•  Greek Religion
•  Love and Relationships
•  Politics of the Late Republic
•  Democracy and the Athenians


Paper 1:  External written examination, 40% of A Level
Paper 2:  External written examination, 30% of A Level
Paper 3:  External written examination, 30% of A Level

For more information, contact Ms A Acheampong