Why Study Classical Civilisation?

If you would like to know why Oedipus  married his mother, why Cronos ate all his children and how one woman caused an entire war then Classical Civilisation is for you. You will discover a world thousands of years old and yet completely relevant to our lives today. Classical Civilisation is not just a subject - it’s the foundation of western civilisation and all its disciplines. If you are interested in the nature of people and what motivates their actions, look no further than the great thinkers of Ancient Greece and the scandals of Rome.

This course is taught through discussion, group work, individual research, presentations, skills sessions, lectures and reading. The focus is on interactive and collaborative learning.

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Why Study Classical Civilisation at Worcester Sixth Form College?

The topics you will study with us have been chosen to reflect timeless issues relevant to young people’s lives such as relationships, individual freedom and human rights whilst also appealing to an interest in mythology, literature and art. There are visits to the British Museum in London and/or the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In the second year there is a visit to Rome. A significant number of our students also choose Latin Certificate as an enrichment option.

Progression Opportunities

Many of our students study Classical Civilisation alongside subjects such as English, Philosophy, Languages, Drama, Law and Sciences, and the nature of the specification makes it an ideal subject to study alongside all courses offered at the College. Students have found the history elements of the subject an excellent foundation for a degree in History, Law and Politics. The literary focus on the units studied are highly beneficial for the study of English Literature and the variety of Ancient sources studied adds an extra dimension for Art and Drama students. The study of archaeological sites and artefacts will appeal to students of Geography and Geology. In recent years, a number of students have gone on to study Creative Writing, Journalism and Political Science at university.


James Thatcher

Classical Civilisation - Nunnery Wood High School
Having previously studied at Nunnery Wood High School I had developed a love of history and studying the past; however, I never had an opportunity to study the ancient world. Choosing to study Classics at Worcester Sixth Form has not only been able to give me a thorough and engaging insight into this period of history, but it has been incredibly useful in helping my understanding of other subjects which constantly draw back to ideas and teachings derived from the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. One of the best features of the course is that there is such variety of topics and sources to explore: history; literature; architecture; philosophy; language; and art are all integrated but most importantly, each element and issue has such depth of ideas and resonance to the modern day that each of these features can spark fascinating and diverse debates. Classics is a subject for those who are curious about the past but also for people interested in our present lives. After discovering a love for the ancient world, I plan to pursue it further, studying Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Classical Civilisation4GCSE English at grade 5 or above. A Humanities GCSE subject at grade 4 or above.Interest in Literature and Mythology. Prepared to read outside lessons.Optional trip to British Museum - £30

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