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.


Tabitha Steven

Classical Civilisation - The Chantry School
I chose to study Classical Civilisation because at GCSE I loved both History and English Literature. Classics is a unique combination of history, literature, philosophy, and art- which is why it strongly appealed to me. There is something for everybody in this course. At high school, Classical Civilisation wasn’t an option so I joined college knowing almost nothing about Roman emperors or Greek myths. However, I quickly fell in love with the world of the Greco-Romans and found it genuinely enjoyable to research beyond the syllabus. I enjoyed it so much that I am choosing to carry on studying it at UCL next year. The best part of Classics is that it is still such a relevant subject: online resources are abundant, modern books take on various ancient perspectives, and the discussions in class are often lively as they are on topical subjects. These features make the course stimulating and immersive.
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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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