Shrewsbury School

Classical Civilisation A Level

The following information is taken from our document 'The Sixth Form and Beyond', which is updated each December. It can be downloaded as a pdf file.


Head of Faculty: Mr P.G. Fitzgerald

This OCR course is new for first teaching from September 2017, and is linear, to be studied over two years, with three examinations taken at the end of the Upper Sixth.

It is designed for pupils with an interest in the Ancient World, but does not demand any knowledge of either Latin or Greek.  Furthermore, GCSE Classical Civilisation is not a prerequisite for A level.  

The course comprises four classical elements, which complement each other and which are tested in three exam papers.

There is no coursework in this A level; it is solely examination based.

The course has been designed to provide pupils with a broad, coherent and rewarding study of the literature and culture of the classical world. It offers the opportunity to study elements of the literature, visual/material culture and thought of the classical world, and acquire an understanding of their social, historical and cultural contexts. The study of Classical Civilisation at A level helps learners to understand the legacy of the classical world, whilst equipping them to progress to higher education; the emphasis is on reading and looking at ancient sources with a critical and open mind and writing essays on their content, significance and interpretation. The examinations will test both knowledge of the texts and topics and also the pupils’ ability to argue their own opinions in essay form. The ability to write discursively and persuasively are vital and transferable skills which this course will seek to deliver; and the study material itself is of huge cultural importance and human interest.

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