Classical Civilisation

Students wishing to study this course must obtain at least a Grade 7 in GCSE English. A Grade 7 or above in another Humanity (e.g. History) is also preferred. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12. 
AS-Level Classical Civilisation
Candidates study two papers.

  1. The World of the Hero - Greek Epic Poetry, Homer’s Odyssey. 
  2. Greek Theatre. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Bacchae, Aristophanes’ The Frogs. A selection of ancient Greek vases are also studied as archaeological sources for the theatre.

Both papers are worth 65 marks and are 90 minutes in length.
A-Level Classical Civilisation
Candidates study three papers.
1. Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid. 100 marks. 140 minutes long.
2. Greek Theatre (as above). 75marks. 105 minutes long.
3. Democracy and the Athenians. 75 marks. 105 minutes long.
Visit to Classical sites in The Mediterranean Basin during Activity Week Two.

A Classical Civilisation A-Level alone or as a Classics Degree is regarded by employers as an illustration of an ability to think logically and coherently; it therefore, in combination with suitable work experience and specialist training from the employer opens doors to a variety of careers from accountancy and consultancy to the diplomatic corps, Foreign Office, civil service and the law.


Mr Alexander Carroll, Head of Classics