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.

Fleur Manning - Classical Civilisation

Fleur Manning

Classical Civilisation - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Classical Civilisation as I found that it combines the best parts of other subjects that I enjoy, as it has elements of History, English Literature, RE and Art. When making my choice about what subjects to study at College, I struggled between History and Literature, so thought I would chose Classical Civilisation as it combines the two! My other subjects are Criminology and Fine Art which both work well alongside Classics as art plays a major part in portraying the ancient world as well as being prescribed sources in the syllabus such as the Prima Porta Statue for Imperial Image. The same goes for Criminology as democracy and legalisations are credited to be the ancient world creation. Positive aspects of Classics are the periods in which you will studying as it has a wide range of different civilisations; Imperial Rome, Archaic Greece, Egypt under the Roman empire which all have their interesting customs and myths making the content richer and more enjoyable. I also took part in the Cambridge HE+ programme in which I took extra lectures about Classics which not only broadened my horizons but also helped future topic such as women in the ancient world, which came in handy especially in the second-year syllabus. After College, I plan to go to university to read Law.

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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