Classical Civilisation

Develop your visual and written analysis skills by learning about Ancient Greece and Rome! Over the course of two years you will learn about what it meant to be a hero to the Greek and Romans, and how they expressed concepts and concerns within epic poetry. You will also learn about what it meant to be an Athenian living in a radical democracy, and how the Roman emperors carefully crafted their imperial image.

What skills will I develop?

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed as a classicist through the study of a choice of topics in Greek and Roman culture from the sixth century BC to the fourth century AD. Students will acquire analytical and evaluative skills through the study of ancient literary and material sources, with a particular focus on the work of authors and artists who shaped the Western tradition of the arts. The skills developed are highly transferrable, particularly with other essay-based subjects.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: The World of the Hero (2 hours, 20 minutes - 40%)

  • Section A: In-depth study of Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Section B: In-depth study of either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey

Component 2 - Examination: Culture and the Arts (1 hour, 45 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A:  Study of Imperial Image, including the study of literature in translation.

Component 3 - Examination: Beliefs and Ideas (1 hour, 45 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A:  Study of a range of sources relating to Democracy and the Athenians.

Where does the course lead?

Classical Civilisation will prepare you for careers including law, museum curatorship, teaching, journalism and the Civil Service, and it’s useful for degrees such as Law, English and History.

You will find the skills you acquire from this course useful throughout any career path you choose.


Exam Board


Head of Department

Liz Bentley-Pattison

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%