A-Level Classical Civilisation

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
2 years
Level 3
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Awarded by:
OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £993 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

This course allows you to look at many aspects of the classical world which are significant in the development of the modern world. You will study Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Greek Theatre, Virgil’s Aeneid and Love and Relationships in Greece and Rome.

In addition to being excellent preparation for further study in the Classics, a study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A-Levels including Art, English Literature, Government and Politics, History, and Philosophy.


This course aims to allow learners to:
  • Acquire a sophisticated level of knowledge and understanding of the literature and culture of the classical world through studying a diverse range of ancient material and making connections and comparisons between them.
  • Understand classical literature, thought and material culture in its context; including how issues and values relevant to the society in which they were created are reflected in ancient sources and materials.
  • Further develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation and apply these to the range of source materials studied in order to gain insight into aspects of the classical world.
  • Articulate an informed response to the material studied, using a range of appropriate evidence to formulate coherent arguments with substantiated evidence based judgements.
  • Acquire a sound basis for further study of the classical world.


Year 1:
The world of the hero (part 1): Homer’s Odyssey
  • A study of the mythical Greek hero Odysseus, and his return journey from Troy, in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.

A study of theatre in the ancient world, including:
  • The nature of comedy: The study of Aristophanes’ Frogs where the God Dionysus descends into the underworld in search of dead playwrights.
  • The nature of tragedy: Euripides’ Bacchae where The tragedy is based on the Greek myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, and their punishment by the god Dionysus for slander.

A study of material culture, including:
  • Architecture and material goods, including the study of the Athenian Acropolis.

Year 2:
The world of the hero (part 2): Aeneas
  • A study of the mythical Roman hero Aeneas in Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid.

Love and Relationships in the Greek and Roman world, including:
  • Love and Desire - A critical study of the philosophical approaches to love from Greek philosopher Plato and Roman philosopher Seneca.
  • Love and Relationships - Depictions of love in ancient literature from the Roman poet Ovid and the Greek female poet Sappho.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught be lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given. You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback as well as other assessments throughout the academic year which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills will be embedded and will continue to be throughout your programme.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

You could progress to study for a degree in a relevant subject, such as Classical Studies, or Philosophy.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited in for a tour of the College and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including maths and English.