Classical Civilisation

A Level

Exam Board: A Level Classical Civilisation – OCR

Course Summary

Classical Civilisation… if you think it sounds old and out of date, you’d be wrong! The issues faced in the ancient world turn out to be just like our own issues. Classical Civilisation offers you the chance to study a whole variety of new things. You’ll do some literature by reading the first ever written story (Homer’s
‘Odyssey’) and the most famous book in Roman history (Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’).

Alongside that, you’ll explore the myths and reality of the Greek gods, and how they were worshipped. Finally, you will study some history by looking at the Persian Wars, arguably the most founding event of Western civilisation.

Classical Civilisation: new topics, different skills, and issues that we still wrestle with today.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in English Literature
  • GCSE History is not required, but advantageous
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 4



  • Literary Epic – Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid
  • History and Culture: The Invention of the Barbarian through the Persian Wars
  • Beliefs and Ideas: Greek Religion

Why choose this course?

  • Field trips
  • Visits from prestigious academics
  • Good foundation for university
  • Regular visits to lecture days at universities

Where might it lead?

The course has a strong focus on history and past ways of life, meaning many students go on to study and work in Ancient History, Archaeology, Classics, Literature, Philosophy, Art History, Politics, Anthropology and International Relations.


  • This course is 100% examination based.


Jennifer Price

"Before Barton, I honestly had to idea what I wanted to do after college but with the excellent opportunities that taking part in the Aspire Programme has offered me, I realised that university was the right pathway for me to embark on when I leave."

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