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Classical Civilisation

Why Classical Civilisation?
This subject offers you the chance to engage with past cultures, literature, religion and ideas. You will improve your analytical skills and develop your written communication during a course which is compelling and wide ranging. Sources studied include the literature of the Romans and Greeks in English, and their archeological remains. It is an intellectually challenging subject and highly regarded by both universities and employers.

Are there any recommendations for entry to this course?
You do not need to have studied this subject at GCSE to take it at A-Level. However, you need to have an interest in history, literature, art and archaeology. A desire to understand cultures and societies, which can be very different from our own, is also important.

What will I study?
You will learn about ‘The World of the Hero’ with an in-depth study of Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid. Followed by ‘Culture of the Arts’ looking at Greek ideas about foreigners and finally you will study ‘Beliefs and Ideas’ looking at Gods and the rise of philosophical thought in the Greek world.

How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by final examination.

What can study of this subject lead to?
This subject is extremely interesting and diverse. It encourages comparison with the modern world and our own particular concerns, meaning that though we study ancient cultures, the discussions and ideas are also very immediate. During your study of Classical Civilisation, you will develop many transferrable skills, which could lead you to any number of possible careers; social work, accounting, business and teaching to name a few. The skills of communication, analysis and creative thinking are essential to many career paths and particularly to entry into university courses.

Is there anything else I should know?
Classical Civilisation requires an enjoyment of reading and discussion of ideas.
To support your learning, a trip to Italy or Greece runs on a two yearly cycle.