Classical Civilisation is a fascinating and diverse subject including both literature and visual/material culture. It will inspire and motivate students to engage further with the classical world giving them the opportunity to study some of the oldest surviving works of literature in the Western literary canon; the origins of democracy; the birth of theatre; art and artistry.
This new Classical Civilisation A Level qualification has been developed for first teaching in September 2017. There are three components to the course to be studied over two years. ‘The World of the Hero’ is a literary module bridging Years 12 and 13. After studying Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, a Greek epic, its Roman counterpart, Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ is read and analysed. The texts are examined via gobbet questions on literary style and longer discussions of themes and the concept of heroism. This module is worth 40% of the A Level.
The second module (30% of total A Level) focuses upon ancient culture and the arts through study of the Greek Theatre. Three plays (two tragedy and one comedy) are studied along with material evidence which reveals how plays were staged and the significance of the theatre to daily life.
Finally, students will develop an understanding of Classical thought and philosophy through the study of the Politics of the Late Roman Republic. The module focuses on the works of Cato the Younger, Julius Caesar and Cicero. The exploration of the very different ideas of three contemporary political figures brings this tumultuous period to life for learners and moves beyond simply studying ideals and abstracts, and into discussion of the practical difficulties familiar to states throughout history.
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To study this course, it is not necessary to have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE Level. If you have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE, you should have at least a Grade 6. If not, at least a Grade 5 at GCSE in a Humanities subject is acceptable. Also, at least a Grade 5 in English and Maths.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses, which could lead onto Higher Education in Classical Civilisation or related subjects such as History, English, American Studies, Politics, Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Classical Civilisation by seeking employment in areas of Heritage such as working for a Museum or working as a History Teacher. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.