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.

Hyce Moore

Hyce Moore

Classical Civilisation - The King Edward VI School
I chose to study Classical Civilisation because it fitted in well with my other subjects, English and Modern History. As these subjects are all essay-based, the skills I learned in one class easily transferred to the others. I really enjoyed learning about Ancient Greece and Rome as I had limited knowledge about them previously. I also participated in the HE+ programme and that allowed me to further learn about Classics outside of the classroom, such as new texts or ideas that are not discussed in class. After College, I plan to hope to go to university to study English and Classics.

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.

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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