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"Classics is just so different from the other A Level subjects
I'm doing.
The Odyssey is such a great story and it's brilliant going to museums to look at ancient artefacts."

Cate, Sixth Form Classics student

Classics

Why study this A Level subject?

The course explores the influence of the Greeks and the Romans on the Western World (its language, literature, art, culture and laws.) Skills of analysis, deduction, communication, discussion and essay writing are taught and fostered. Groups are lively and interactive, with animated discussions about what is studied. Classical Civilisation complements all other subjects in a variety of combinations.

Topics of study at A Level

OCR Classical Civilisation is a two-year linear course, examined at the end of two years. The topics studied are:

  • The World of the Hero
  • Love and Relationships
  • Greek Art

Opportunities beyond the classroom

There is an active extra-curricular programme of trips to lectures and theatres, mostly in the evening (2-3 per term), which pupils attend on a voluntary basis, although attendance at lectures closely related to topics of study is strongly advised. There is also the opportunity to become involved in departmental drama productions, as well informal workshops in Greek drama.

What this subject might lead to

Classicists are found in a huge range of careers including law, banking, accountancy, ICT, journalism, politics, archaeology and museum curatorship. Skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and communication are highly valued in all walks of life.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

A willingness to read and engage with texts

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