A-Level Classical Civilisations

A-Level Classical Civilisations

By choosing to study A-Level Classical Civilisations, you will develop knowledge of Classical Civilisations, including archaeology, politics, art, history, philosophy, religion, culture and literature. Studying Classical Civilisations also gives you an understanding of how these civilisations helped to shape the modern world. Classics subjects are generally regarded as highly academic subjects that will provide a firm foundation for studying a variety of degrees at university.

A-Level Classical Civilisations

A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level Classical Civilisations is mainly exam-based.

Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.

AS-Level Classical Civilisations

  • AQA AS-Level Classical Civilisations

In the first unit, An Introduction to an Aspect of Classical Civilisation 1, you will study one topic from a selection that includes:

  • Greek Architecture and Sculpture
  • Athenian Democracy
  • Aristophanes and Athens
  • Women in Athens and Rome
  • Menander and Plautus
  • The Life and Times of Cicero

In the second unit, An Introduction to an Aspect of Classical Civilisation 2, you will study one of the following topics:

  • Homer Iliad
  • Homer Odyssey
  • Athenian Vase Painting
  • Athenian Imperialism
  • Roman Architecture and Town Planning
  • The Second Punic War
  • OCR AS-Level Classical Civilisations

You will study two subjects from the list below for the AS-Level award:

  • Mycenaean archaeology, art and architecture
  • Principles and practices of archaeological methodology
  • Homer’s Odyssey and the society and values it represents
  • Roman society and history through a study of Roman literature
  • The works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, as works of literature and as social
  • Documents
  • Historical texts by Thucydides, Herodotus and Plutarch
  • The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts

A2-Level Classical Civilisations

  • AQA A2 Classical Civilisations

For the first unit, A Study of an Aspect of Classical Civilisation 1, you will select one of the following for study:

  • Mycenaean Civilisation
  • The Persian Wars
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Augustus and the Foundation of the Principate

For the final unit, A Study of an Aspect of Classical Civilisation 2, you will be able to study one of the following:

  • Socrates and Athens
  • Alexander
  • Roman Epic
  • Tiberius and Claudius
  • OCR A2 Classical Civilisations

You will study two of the A2 units below:

  • Romano-British society and history as depicted in the literary and archaeological record
  • The sculpture, vase painting and architecture of the Classical Greek world
  • The works of Aristophanes, Menander and Plautus in their historical, literary and cultural contexts
  • Virgil’s Epic, the Aeneid, in its literary and cultural context

A-Level Classical Civilisations Exam Board Information

  • The Edexcel AS and A-Level Classical Civilisations specification is available from their website.

Career Opportunities

Many people who study A-Level Classical Civilisations will go on to study Classics or Ancient History at University. Other people will choose to study Classical Civilisations as it overlaps with many other subjects, including politics, archaeology, architecture, art and literature.

Other Useful Information

  • Past papers are available for AQA AS-Level and A-Level Classical Civilisations here.
  • There is a list of links to resources for AS-Level and A-Level Classical Civilisations here.