Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation

Studying Classical Civilisation offers you the chance to delve into the fascinating ancient world. We look at different topics to discover the history, literature and lifestyle of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Discover the world that gave us hero’s, villains, the Olympian gods, mythical stories, political ideas and philosophy, and so much more…


Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

Unit 1: The world of the hero. We will study Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey and Virgil’s Roman epic The Aeneid.

Unit 2 looks at culture and society. We will study the rule of Caesar Augustus, the 1st emperor of Rome.

Unit 3 considers ancient Greek/Rome beliefs and ideas.


How will you learn?

In a variety of ways – through debate and discussion, through the reading of texts and primary sources, through group tasks and individual essay and source work. We use ICT resources to explore the wealth of material that exists for exploring the classical world.


How are you assessed?

You are assessed through short answer questions and essays, preparing you for all types of question on the external exams. You sit 3 papers at the end of year 2.


You need:

A minimum of five GCSEs grade C/4 or above including English, English Language or English Literature.


What do you need to know?

We try and bring Classics alive by getting out of the classroom whenever possible; In 2017 we went to London and visited the Roman and Greek exhibitions at the British Museum. We also attended an A-level Classics conference at Newcastle University.


What’s next?

Many students go on to study subjects including Classics, History, English Literature, Archaeology or Anthropology at university. Future careers using Classical Civilisation could include teaching, journalism.


How do I apply/enrol?


3 Reasons to join us

  1. We are the only FE College in the area to offer Classical Civilisation at A-level.
  2. Classics is a fascinating, flexible subject that can fit with a variety of study programmes.
  3. We offer the opportunity to go on study trips linked to Classics – to London and further afield.


Destinations and Progress:

Students who took Classical Civilisation at A-level have gone on to study History, Ancient History and Archeology, Classical Studies, English, Childhood Studies and teaching, Drama at university.


Possible combination subjects:

English Literature, History, RPE, English Language, Sociology, Psychology. However students have also successfully studied Classics alongside Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.


What students say:

“The course is interesting and varied, with different types of activity to help you learn The topic areas give a real insight into the ancient world”

“The resources used are helpful and supportive”

“The subject is taught with real enthusiasm and passion”


Extra-curricular activities:

Trips to museums.

Student conferences at regional universities.