Classical Civilisation, A-Level


Learn about the worlds of the Ancient Greeks and Romans through famous literary characters like Oedipus and Achilles, study plays, poems and dialogues in translation, as well as exploring the exciting world of the Greek Gods.

There will also be an opportunity to study Classical art, artefacts and architecture. If you are interested in the ancient world and enjoy reading and discussion then you will love studying Classical Civilisation

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Classical Civilisation, AS-Level SF-CLCCAS-D(1718)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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5 GCSEs at Grade C (B in English Language preferred)

You will study three units:

  • The World of the Hero (The Iliad and The Aeneid)
  • Greek Theatre
  • Greek Religion 

You will enjoy a variety of lessons, learning how to analyse ancient text alongside exploring the culture, architecture and art of Greece and Rome in their historical contexts. 

There is a strong element of mythology, religion was a central part of ancient life and you will discover the impact it had on art, philosophy and the way that people thought. 


Engage in lively debates about the beliefs and morals of the ancient world whilst gaining a well-regarded A Level. 

A yearly residential to either Greece or Rome and the Bay of Naples is offered, giving the chance to see some of the places you will discuss in the flesh.

Our lecturers have over ten years experience of teaching and have previously taught history, ancient history, drama, archaeology and philosophy. Both lecturers are specialists in the area of Classical Civilisation.

Lecturers have strong links with the exam board and with the British Museum and Fishbourne Roman Palace. Lecturers are members of The Classical Association and the Royal Institute of Philosophy and have run annual residential trips to Greece and Rome. We are also involved in Oxford Outreach and the Extended Project Qualification.

South Downs College is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Assessment is by examination

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Degree in Classical Studies (or other related degree)