Classical Civilisation
A Level

Awarding Body: OCR

Course Description

Are you fascinated by the myths and legends of the past? Would you like to explore the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome? Would you like to learn more about the origins of our western civilisation? Classical Civilisation combines elements of history, philosophy, religious studies and literature.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your subject choices.

A Level Classical Civilisation deals with the period of time from the heroic Bronze Age of Homer’s Odyssey, through to the world of Virgil and Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. By examining the history, culture, religion and technology of these societies and periods, we can unearth the foundations of our modern way of life. Each topic includes a study of primary classical sources – either texts in translation or physical evidence – and all encourage students to gain an understanding of Greek and/or Roman societies and their values.

It will enable you to develop skills of logical and critical analysis, and fluency in written and spoken communication – all highly regarded by universities and employers.

100% exam

Students will improve language and communication skills throughout the two years and gain an understanding of key historical and cultural events that have shaped our modern world and politics. There have been opportunities for study trips abroad to support your work – in previous years we have visited Greece.

Students often progress to study history or classics at university. Many students then pursue a career revolving around classics; career opportunities include becoming a teacher, museum curator or archivist. However, it is not vital to be considering a career centred around classics to take this course.

Mock exams in spring term to help you prepare for the final exams. These will be in the summer term of the second year.