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Classical Civilisation

St Peter's 13-18

Classical Civilisation

Classical StudiesThe Course

The study of Classical Civilisation at A level gives pupils the opportunity to understand and explore the historical, cultural, political and literary life of the Greeks and Romans. In so doing they will gain an appreciation of the roots of western society. The topics studied provide natural links with art, politics, literature and history, but is unique in so far as it seeks to understand through one subject the interrelation of these aspects of any society.

Pupils will learn to develop a critical understanding of primary sources and of the links between them in their classical contexts, an awareness of the parallels between the classical world and later times, and they will be able to apply analytical and evaluative skills to evidence of different kinds.


  • Paper 1 - 2hr 20min
    The World of the Hero - 40%
  • Paper 2 - 1hr 45min
    Imperial Image - 30%
  • Paper 3 - 1hr 45min
    The Politics of the Late Republic - 30%

Examination Board: OCR

Additional Notes

There is no requirement to have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE. The course equally suits those who aim to continue their study of the Classical World and those who are looking for something new.

Additionally, to support and extend the topics studied, we enjoy regular theatre trips, visits to museums and study days at universities across the UK. The department also offers regular trips to Mediterranean countries.