Classical Civilization

Awarding body: OCR

Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE courses

Course content and examination requirements:

The aim of the Classical Civilisation A Level course is to encourage you to appreciate Classical Greek and Roman culture and society by studying in detail certain topics and texts which are intrinsically important and interesting.

The course consists of four modules, two of which are studied in the first year and which can be taken an AS level, and a further two which are studied in the Upper Sixth.  All four are examined at the end of the Upper Sixth for the A-Level.

Entry requirements:  At least a B grade in GCSE English Literature

Unit 1

Roman Society and Thought

This unit is worth 50% of the AS level and 25% of the A level.

This unit considers Roman society and history through a study of Roman literature.  It is examined by means of a written examination of one hour thirty minutes in length.

Unit 2

Homer’s Odyssey and society

This unit is worth 50% of the AS level and 25% of the A level.

This unit will introduce you to epic poetry and the hero Odysseus, providing an introduction to one of the most influential texts in Western literature and an insight into the values of Homeric society.  It is examined by a written examination of one hour thirty minutes in length.

Year 13 - A2 Units (full GCE)

Unit 1

Virgil and the world of the hero

This is worth 25% of the A level

This unit looks at Virgil’s Aeneid together with Roman society and history as depicted in this epic poem. It is examined by means of a written examination of two hours in length.

Unit 2

Comic Drama in the Ancient World

This is worth 25% of the A level

This unit looks at the comic plays of Aristophanes and Plautus. It is examined by means of a written examination of two hours in length.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Classical Civilisation can be studied at university as a single honours degree or as a joint degree with other subjects such as European Studies, Philosophy, English, Theology and History.  Graduates have found employment in many fields including Management, Marketing, Financial and Personnel.

Teaching staff / further information:  Mr R Davies