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A Level Classical Civilisation

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School is one of a small number of schools in Kent to offer Classical Civilisation at A Level.  We give equal focus to both the Greek and Roman worlds which will allow you to develop your interest and knowledge of the literature, history, politics and society of the ancient world through a varied and exciting curriculum.


Outline of the Course
Unit 1: The World of the Hero (H408/11) Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid
Study two of the cornerstones of Western Literature. Analyse the plot and characters present in the set books of both pieces of epic poetry and compare themes such as heroism, the role of the gods and fate, the position of women and the context in which both texts were composed.
Unit 2: Culture and the Arts: The Greek Theatre (H408/21)
This is unit takes a holistic approach to the topic. You will study two tragedy plays (Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Bacchae) and one comedy play (Aristophanes’ Frogs) and analyse key themes and plot devises. Also you will look at the context in which the plays are set, theatre conventions and our sources of information on the Greek theatre and what it reveals about Greek society.
Unit 3: Beliefs and Ideas: Politics of the Late Republic (H408/33)
Study in details the political structure of 79-43BC and key individuals such as Sulla, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Pompey and Crassus who drastically changed the political landscape of the time. Analyse set sources to look at the causes and consequences of political scandals, alliances and civil wars.

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment




A series of show answer questions and longer answers based on set books that have been studied as part of the course.

2 hours 20 minutes



A series of short answer questions based on sources studied as part of the course. An extract from a set play with short and longer questions based on this.

1 hour 45 minutes



A series of short and longer answer questions based on studied sources from the course. A choice of 2 essays.

1 hour 45 minutes






Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Classical Civilisation or 7 in English Language or English Literature

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Classical Civilisation or 6 in English Language or English Literature

Your next steps...

Owing to the cross curricular nature of the subject, after A-Level you can progress to any number of subjects or careers. As well as degrees directly linked to the subject, such as Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Archaeology, you can draw on your knowledge of literature and history to undertake many humanity based courses. The subject is valued by employers at A-Level and degree level, owing to the higher level thinking skills it develops.


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