Classical Civilisation

A Level

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Classical Civilisation, A-Level HF-CLASAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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This course will introduce you to the worlds of the Ancient Greeks and Romans through epic literature, ancient sources in translation and the art and architecture they produced.

You will explore the exciting worlds of religion and philosophy and their impact on society, as well as the ways in which public opinion was manipulated. If you are interested in the ancient world and enjoy reading and discussion then you will love studying Classical Civilisation.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language is recommended.

You will study three units:

The World of the Hero
Epics by Homer and Virgil on the subject of the Trojan War. In the First Year you will study the Odyssey alongside the social, religious and cultural context in which it was written. In the Second Year you will study the Aeneid and explore the ways in which the heroic world was viewed by the Romans.

Greek Theatre

Learn about how tragedy and comedy developed from an ancient religious festival to become the theatre we know today.  You will study three plays (a comedy and two tragedies) and explore what they tell us about the social, political and religious world.

Greek Religion
What the Greeks believed, and the impact religion had on society and the development of philosophy. You will learn about all aspects of Greek Religion and the way that it worked in society, including the pantheon of Gods and how their personalities were defined, mystery cults and oracles.

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 because 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.  You will study ancient texts in translation and analyse art and buildings to see what they tell us about the past. 

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 study for yourself.  There are also opportunities to visit museums and historic sites.

Examination at the end of year two

Classical Civilisation requires a variety of skills and is, therefore, very highly regarded by university admission tutors. The majority of our
students go on to study at degree level in a wide variety of subject areas.

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student