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A Level Classical Civilisation is a fascinating course: you will study three different topics. One of these is compulsory - the study of the epic poems of Virgil and Homer - but for the other two there is a choice from topics such as Greek theatre, Greek art, Roman politics, Greek religion and so on: we aim to choose topics which appeal to the interests of our students.

Sixth Form Classical CivilisationOCR

Each of these topics is studied through sources and texts from the ancient world. Texts are studied in translation. Through this course you will gain access to two civilisations which have inspired the modern world, and you will practise working with a wide range of materials.

You will develop your ability to analyse visual sources, artefacts and written sources, and you will learn how to write clearly and concisely about them. Class discussion is a core part of every lesson, and pupils will learn to present their ideas effectively in different ways (e.g. short answer analysis questions on particular details, overview essay questions, class presentations / seminar contributions).

The Classics department will support your study of Classical Civilisation with a stimulating programme of academic enrichment, including essay competitions, study days hosted by Cambridge University, 6th Form seminars with other schools, trips to galleries and theatre productions, and trips abroad to sites of interest in Greece and Rome. 

The course requires no knowledge of Latin or Greek, and is open to all regardless of your GCSE choices.

In the final exams, the compulsory epic module forms 40% of the final assessment; the other two topics each carry 30%. Each paper involves written responses to stimulus material: this material will include short extracts / images taken from the material studied during the course and structured essay questions.