Ancient History

Course Overview

This course is designed to study the history and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome including their systems of government, the structure of their society, their building works and their religious practices.

Topics you will study will include the early Roman Empire between 31BC - AD96, Greek history in the 5th century BC and the government and politics of ancient Sparta.

Updated October 2018

Entry Requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Language is essential.

Course Delivery

The course is classroom based with 4.5 hours of lectures per week. Both the AS and the A Level are awarded through examination only, with no coursework component.

From September 2017, the following A Levels (Electronics, Music Technology, Dance, Classics, Ancient History and Geology) have not been reformed by Qualifications Wales. This means they will only be offered by English examination bodies which have focused on linear delivery – with all exams and practical assessments taking place at the end of year two.

The AS Level is still available, but no module marks from any external assessment will be carried forward into year two and is a totally separate stand-alone qualification. If you are enrolling for a linear A Level, you must understand the level of commitment required for the two year course. There is a likely increase of examination time and requirements, and all external assessment will take place at the end of the two years.

Progression Opportunities

Gower College Swansea offers a Foundation Degree in English and History.

Further study in other areas such as modern history, law, English, philosophy and politics.

Additional Information

There is usually an opportunity to go on one or two visits per year to places such as the Roman Baths at Bath or the British Museum.



Course deliverable in Welsh