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Classical Civilisation A Level

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


Over the two years of the course, you will delve into the captivating stories and mythology of the Greek Heroes, Gods and Goddesses through the study of the Iliad and the Aeneid, some of the oldest stories recorded in European civilisation, centred around the Trojan War and its aftermath. You will also examine renowned works of Greek tragic and comic drama, such as the enigmatic story of Oedipus, and look at the captivating religious practices and beliefs of the Greeks, together with associated art and architecture of the ancient world.  
By studying Classical Civilisation, you will gain a deep understanding of the cultural and historical foundations that continue to shape our modern world, as well as developing critical thinking and analytical skills.

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSE’s grade A*-C 
  • Including Grade B in English  

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 the Classical world. 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 3 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 Classical Civilisation 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 in more directionally vocational fields such as teaching, archive and museum work, conservation etc.