Ancient History

A Level

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Ancient History, A-Level HF-HIANAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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You will study the civilisations of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome learning about their history, political systems, culture and the conflicts that they were involved in. You will develop your analytical, research and communication skills in your investigation of contemporary sources, as well as your ability to evaluate and assess evidence.

Ancient History complements other evidence based subjects, such as History, Politics and Law. It is also possible to combine Ancient History with Classical Civilisation.


Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. You do not need to have studied GCSE History to take this course.

On this course, you will study:

Year One:

Greece: The Politics and Society of Sparta 478–404 BC. You will study the key features of this most unusual society where men prepared for war and women were among the freest in the ancient world.

Rome: The Julio-Claudians. This paper deals with the first imperial family of Rome and the way in which they governed and developed the city of Rome and an empire. The emperors studied are Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Year Two:

Greece: Relations between Greek states and non-Greek states 492–404 BC. You will learn about Athens and Sparta and their relationship with Persia. You will study both the Persian Wars with the famous battles of Marathon and Thermopylae and the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.

Rome: Ruling Roman Britain AD 43–128. You will study the invasion of Britain and life under Roman rule. You will look at revolts against the Romans, including that of Boudica.


You will have access to a range of teaching materials through the student portal. You will have a range of learning activities, including lectures, workshops, presentations, group work and role play. We tweet a range of articles to help extend learning.

For the last six years every summer we have had a Roman re-enactor work with the first year classes. Residential trips are organised every year, alternating between Athens and the Peloponnese and Rome and Naples.

There are two examinations – one on Greece and one on Rome. Examination techniques will be taught throughout the course.

You can progress to Higher Education and study for a degree in ancient history, archaeology or classical studies. Ancient history also provides an excellent background for any other subject that involves assessing and evaluating evidence such as law, politics, history and critical thinking.

Employment is often directly related to history and the ancient world, such as museum and gallery work.

“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

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student