Classical Civilisation

This wide ranging course is for you if you are interested in the culture and society of Graeco-Roman antiquity and its impact upon the modern world.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 2 years

This wide-ranging course is for you if you are interested in the culture and society of Graeco-Roman antiquity and its impact upon the modern world.

You will be examined by written examination through essays and analysis of texts and images of material culture.

What topics will I study?

  • You will study the great epic poetry of the ancient world, wonderful stories of travel and adventure, of Gods and monsters, of war, love and loss.
  • Learn about great figures from the ancient world, the foundations of Rome and the way in which poetry and artefacts were used to cultivate an image of power.
  • Enjoy delving into the Greek and Roman ideas of love and philosophy.

You will:

  • You will cover Greek and Roman art, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, historical context, and society from the Bronze Age to late antiquity
  • Learn about the founding of modern civilisation through studying the literature, culture and thought of the Graeco-Roman world

What experiences will I get?

There may be the opportunity to visit Rome to see some of the artefacts we study.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with A Levels or BTEC Certificates to make up a full time programme of study, it goes well with A Levels in English Literature, History and Philosophy.

Next steps:

This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the classics and enable you to gain points for entry into university level education. This subject is highly regarded by both universities and employers. Most employers and university admissions tutors value applicants with a (slightly) unusual A Level which provides evidence of critical thinking skills, logical and well-structured written argument and a broad background knowledge of the foundation of western civilisations. Many UK universities run courses in Classics and related subjects. It is also often run in conjunction with a variety of related subjects as part of a modular degree.

Entry Requirements

You will need eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths, and English Language.


You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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