Classical Civilisation 

From drama to democracy, from Shakespeare to the White House, from Botticelli to gender politics, our culture has been continuously inspired by its classical models. If you want to really understand the history of the last 3,000 years you need to start with the ideas that shaped it, and still shape it.

This course embraces literature, history, art and architecture, politics, law and philosophy - this is joined up culture and will give you a depth and breadth of knowledge not just about the ancient world but about your world too.

The OCR A Level is not just one subject. Units studied in year 12 focus on the World of the Hero: Homer’s Iliad, the foundational work of western literature, is the story of the ultimate hero, Achilles; the world of the individual focuses on Love and Relationships, and includes the study of Sappho and Ovid, and society’s view of gender and desire.
Year 13 classical civilisation continues the study of the hero with Virgil’s Aeneid - the story of Rome’s origins, and of the Augustan age which produced it.

The second element is an in-depth study of the fascinating theme of Greeks and Barbarians: Amazons, Persians, and the exploration of Greek identity through tragedy, art, and historical texts.

Classical Civilisation is very highly regarded by universities across a wide range of disciplines. Many universities, including Oxford and Cambridge recommend A Level Classical Civilisation for students intending to read Classics, Classical Studies or Ancient History, and a knowledge of the classical past is particularly useful for the study of history, English, politics, art and philosophy.

A-level Classical Civilisation does not require GCSE Classical Civilisation and does not involve the study of ancient languages.

 
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.
 
Aristotle