Following on from the success of our GCSE Classical Civilisations course, we are very pleased to be able to offer both an AS and full A Level in Classical Civilisation from September 2015.

Entry Criteria:

Classical Civilisation does not require any previous study of a Classic subject or any knowledge of the Greek or Roman languages and while it is preferable for students to have taken History at GCSE, it is not essential. However, students must meet our general entry requirements of 6 Cs and above with two of these being gained in English Language and English Literature.

What is Classical Civilisation?

Classical Civilisation is the study of the history and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Course offerings cover every aspect of life in the ancient world, including politics, warfare, law, slavery, gender and sexuality, religion, sports and leisure, death, literature, art, architecture and philosophical thought. All topics include a study of primary and secondary classical sources, whether texts in translations, physical evidence or historical works, and encourage students to gain an understanding of Greek and Roman society and its values.

Why do Classical Civilisation?

The histories of Greece and Rome are both fascinating and exciting and therefore students who love history will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of ancient history. The small city of Rome fighting its way to supremacy, first in Italy, then across the whole of the Mediterranean, finally becoming an Empire encompassing as far north as Britain, in the west as far as Portugal,  and stretching down to Africa and across into the Middle East, provides an amazing area of study. The history of Greece is inextricably linked with the history of western civilisation. It was in Ancient Greece that democracy was invented and argued about, where great philosophical issues were debated, where the question of whether it is nature or nurture that defines character was discussed, and where there was a tremendous flourishing of art and literature…as well as a few good wars!

Therefore, the study of Classical Civilisation leads to an understanding of the foundations of the society in which we live today.
However, Classical Civilisation encourages students to develop the critical and evaluative skills which will enable them to go on to Higher Education to study a wide range of courses including, of course, Classics or Ancient History. Classical Civilisation also complements many other popular A Levels including Art, English Literature, Government and Political, History, RS, Philosophy and Ethics, Theatre Studies and the Social Sciences.