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Ancient History A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


In this course, you will learn about the captivating ancient civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. In the first year, you will investigate the operations of the Roman Empire under Augustus and the family of the Julio-Claudian emperors that followed him, down to 69 AD. In addition, you will examine the Greek world of the 5th Century BC, the relationships between states such as Athens and Sparta and their allies, and their relationship with non-Greek states such as Persia. In the second year, you will study the exciting world of Boudicca and Roman Britain, and the achievements of Alexander the Great and his father, Philip of Macedon.  

Through the study of these topics, you will learn how to analyse and evaluate ancient sources, gain an awareness of ancient historians and historical debates, develop critical thinking skills, and develop a broader perspective of human civilisation throughout the ages. 

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs grade A*-C 
  • To include GCSE grade B in English Language or History. 

Our course offers an accessible and interactive learning experience. Through a variety of teaching methods, including informative lectures, engaging discussions, and multimedia resources, you will immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ancient history. Primary sources and archaeological discoveries will be examined, enabling you to develop critical analysis and interpretation skills. You will also have the opportunity to take part in educational visits, including a possible trip to Rome. 

Assessment will be in the form of 2 essay based exams at the end of year 2, with no coursework component. There are no exams at the end of year 1, learners will need to commit to the full 2 years to gain the A-level qualification.

The study of Ancient History nurtures the personal transferable skills of problem-solving, analysis, disciplined argument and persuasive presentation which employers value highly. Its study is proof of intelligence, commitment and an ability to think creatively. All these skills will be sought by university admissions tutors and employers. 

Students make successful careers in the mainstream of commerce, law, finance and public administration, as well as teaching, archive and museum work, and a range of other careers.