GCSE Ancient History

Full Time

About the course

When you study Ancient History, you learn to understand and evaluate written material, to express yourself fluently in written and oral communication, and to research, organise and present arguments.

You will study the following: the Persian Empire, 559-465 BC, under Cyrus the Great, Cambyses II, Darius I and Xerxes I. Also, the foundations of Rome: From Kingship to Republic, 753-440BC, focusing on the Kings of Rome and the early Roman Republic. You will also study a choice of Alexander the Great, Hannibal or Cleopatra.

Entry requirements

Grade 3/D in English language. Previous study of the ancient world or classical languages is not required. You need to have the self-discipline and motivation to undertake the reading, research and writing required in the course.

Where next?

For GCSE students this course will lay a solid foundation for progress to an A-Level programme in Ancient History, History, Classical Civilisation or any Humanities, English or Languages A-Level subjects.

The study of Ancient History complements languages, Classical Civilisation and History.

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 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