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A Level Classical Civilisation

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

This is the perfect course if you have an interest in the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome. The course offers an in-depth exploration into the beginnings of Western culture, with a chance to look at the oldest surviving works of literature in the Western literary canon; the origins of democracy; the birth of theatre; art and artistry.

Classics is a course that, despite dealing with such ancient subjects, remains completely fresh, engaging and relevant to contemporary issues and allows you to explore a fascinating period through an impressively wide range of materials and sources.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 26 Jun 2026

Entry Requirements

Requires GCSEs in English language or English literature at grade 5, plus the standard entry requirements of an
A Level or mixed programme

Course information

You will explore the worlds of the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, their relevance to the cultures surrounding them and the lasting impact of these works. Alongside these texts, you will look at the politics, architecture, art and literature of both the Classical Athenians and the Romans of the Late Republic and Early Empire.

2 Years

In class, face to face.

Three externally set exams, one covering each unit:

Paper 1 – Two hours and 20 minutes – The World of the Hero, worth 40% of the marks.

Paper 2 – One hour and 20 minutes – Culture and the Arts, worth 30% of the marks.

Paper 3 -One hour and 45 minutes – Beliefs and Ideas, worth 30% of the marks.

Level 3 OCR GCE A Level in Classical Civilisation

During your two years of study you will undertake a work placement. You will also hear from a variety of industry speakers, visit careers’ fairs and attend workshops, trips and visits.

University, career or an apprenticeship

Level 3

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