Classics

C6th 043Subject Overview

If you enjoy reading and discussing literature, political theory, history and philosophy then Classics is the right choice for you! Classical Civilisations focuses on the study of all these subjects as they were presented in Ancient Athens and Rome. Many subjects find their roots within the study of Classics. Classical civilisations is helpful in developing English literacy and aiding cultural literacy, also with learning about the foundations of Philosophy and History.

This subject also compliments many other A level topics such as History, English Literature and Government and Politics, to name a few. This course would be appropriate for those wishing to expand upon previous knowledge of Classics studied during GCSE’s, as well as those who have a desire to engage with Classics for the first time.

The Curriculum

You will study a variety of texts, which include:

  • Law court speeches that reflect the position of women in Athens and Rome
  • The play Women at the Thesmophoria
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • A number of plays that include Oedipus Rex, Madea and Antigone

Assessment

Students will follow the AQA syllabus. Assessment is by written exam - candidates answer one structured, source based question (from a choice of two) and one extended essay on their chosen topic for each unit.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Students will be given the opportunity to attend a trip with a relevant destination to either Athens or Rome. They may also be given the opportunity to attend theatre performances of the plays studied.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

Classical Civilisations touches on aspects of the classical world that have had an impact on the development of the modern world. Evidence suggests that employers have respect for potential employees who have studied classical subjects at school or university. Many Classics graduates have made a name for themselves in various fields, including JK Rowling, Boris Johnson and Mark Zuckerburg. This is because, among other things, the study of classics encourages clarity of thought, attention to detail, and the ability to argue a case.

The study of Classics would be an appropriate fit for those looking for careers in teaching, law and politics, architecture, art & design, etc.