A Level Classical Civilisation Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is include within the following A Level pathways as a CORE subject: Humanities and in the following pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Creative Arts; Design and Media; English and Communication; Environment, Geography and Earth Science; Law and Legal; Performing Arts; Social Sciences. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling)

About the course

The course will introduce you to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations through the study of works of literature.

This course will help you to: develop an awareness of the many similarities between classical civilisation and our own; better understand how ancient spiritual, moral and cultural values helped shape modern life; gain the ability to analyse critically and evaluate historical evidence in its context; learn about influential works of classical art and their enduring influence upon civilisation.

In each unit you will be required to read widely and produce essays reflecting your own study of the source material. The course will also focus on the wider culture of the periods along with developing an understanding of ancient art.

You will study the following: The World of the Hero; Greek Theatre; Democracy and the Athenians.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 hours per week (4.5 hours in the first year and 5 hours in the second) and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. Minimum of grade 4/C in English Language, English Literature and/or History at GCSE, with at least one of those being a 5/C or higher. No prior experience needed but a genuine interest in literature and history is beneficial.

Where next?

Classics graduates are popular with employers because they have developed skills needed in a wide range of careers – skills like critical thinking and textual analysis, fluent expression in writing, and the ability to synthesise and compare data from diverse sources. Not to mention an appreciation of high culture!

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and copies of the set texts, you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: francesco.mazzotta@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk