Why Choose Classical Civilisation?

The study of ancient civilisations opens a window to a world thousands of years old and yet completely relevant to our lives today. Classical Civilisation gives you an opportunity to discover the foundations of western civilisation and all its disciplines. Our political and legal systems are modelled on those of Ancient Greece and Rome. Western Theatre was born in Athens in the 5th Century BC, and Roman emperors and politicians were aware of the power of public image and PR. If you are interested in the nature of people and what motivates their actions, look no further than the epic tales of the heroes of Ancient Greece and the scandals of Rome.

Resources and Facilities

  • A large selection of books in the department
  • A collection of images and ancient artefacts for the study of mythology and history
  • DVDs of mythology, plays and archaeological sites

Teaching and Learning Styles

This course is taught through discussion, group work, individual research, presentations, skills sessions, lectures and reading. The focus is on interactive and collaborative learning. Variety is found in three quite different areas of study:

  • Greek and Roman Epic (the stories of the heroes Odysseus and Aeneas)
  • The life and reign of the first emperor of Rome (culture and the arts, imperial image)
  • Greek and Roman history, philosophy, poetry and politics (Sappho, Ovid, Seneca)
  • Mythology is an important component in all areas. All literature is studied in English translation

Extra-Curricular Activities

A Tragedy workshop in collaboration with the Drama department. An optional visit to Rome is planned for second year students.


The A Level is assessed by external written exams.

Classical Civilisation profile student

Ellie Harris

Classical Civilisation - Pershore High School
I chose to study Classical Civilisation because I’d always had an interest in it and had never had the chance to study it at school as it wasn’t offered. I also do English Language and Literature and Film Studies, so it relates fairly easily with both as they are all concerned with studying texts and other sources and focusing on how people perceive them. I love learning about how these people shaped our modern civilisations and I find it all fascinating. I plan on studying Classical Civilisation at a Russell Group university after College.

Combination with other subjects and Progression Opportunities

A significant number of students choose Latin / Greek Certificate as an enrichment option. Many of our students study Classical Civilisation or related subjects such as Ancient History or Archaeology at university and some combine Classics with English or Theatre Studies. Other students have found that the literature elements of the subject are an excellent foundation for a degree in English Literature and the study of Greek and Roman Comic Drama and Epic adds an extra dimension for Politics and History students.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance 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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