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 heroes, villains, the Olympian gods, mythical stories, political ideas and philosophy, and so much more…


Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

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: Culture and society. We will study the rule of Caesar Augustus, the 1st emperor of Rome.

Unit 3: Ancient Greek/Roman beliefs and ideas.

You will 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.

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

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths.

We try and bring Classics alive by getting out of the classroom whenever possible. In 2018 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, and have previously visited British-Roman sites like Vindolanda and Arbeia Fort (South Shields).

Students who took Classical Civilisation at A level have gone on to study history, ancient history, archaeology, classical studies, English, childhood studies and teaching at university.

Future careers using Classical Civilisation could include teaching and journalism.

  • We are one of just two sixth form colleges in the whole Tees Valley area offering Classical Civilisation at A Level.
  • Classics is a very flexible subject that can fit with a variety of study programmes.
  • We offer the opportunity to go on study trips linked to Classics – to Newcastle, London and possibly further afield.
  • In 2017 and 2018 we had 100% pass rate on the course, with over 80% achieving A-C grades in both years.

“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”

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with English Literature, History, RPE, English Language, Sociology, and Psychology. However students have also successfully studied Classics alongside Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.

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