CLASSICAL CIVILISATION A LEVEL AND AS LEVEL COURSES

Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation focusses on the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, involving the study of their literature, art and history. Our students develop a keen interest in the ancient world and its cultures and gain a fresh perspective on the modern world. The study of Classical Civilisation not only provides specific Classical knowledge, but also skills relating to critical analysis and formulating arguments.

Course outline

AS level

Component 1: The World of the Hero

An in-depth study of either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey

  • Literary techniques and composition
  • The heroic world: characterisation and themes
  • The social, cultural and religious context

Component Group 2: Culture and the Arts

Greek Theatre

  • Drama and the theatre in ancient Athenian society
  • Nature of tragedy
  • Nature of (old) comedy
  • Literary techniques, structure, and dramatic conventions
  • Social, political and religious themes in tragedy
  • Social, political and religious themes in comedy

Imperial Image

  • Divi filius
  • Imperator
  • ‘Augustus’
  • Culture hero
  • Pater Patriae
  • Later representations

A level

Component 1: The World of the Hero

An in-depth study of one of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid

  • Literary techniques and composition
  • The heroic world: characterisation and themes
  • The social, cultural and religious context
  • Historical and political background

Component Group 2: Culture and the Arts

Greek Theatre

  • Drama and the theatre in ancient Athenian society
  • Nature of tragedy
  • Nature of (old) comedy
  • Literary techniques, structure, and dramatic conventions
  • Social, political and religious themes in tragedy
  • Social, political and religious themes in comedy

Imperial Image

  • Divi filius
  • Imperator
  • ‘Augustus’
  • Culture hero
  • Pater Patriae
  • Later representations

Invention of the Barbarian

  • Greek identity
  • The Persian Wars and Greek (dis)unity
  • Greeks and barbarians
  • Depictions and portrayals; mythical barbarians
  • Depictions and portrayals; historical barbarians
  • The reality of Persia

Greek Art

  • Function
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Stylistic features and development
  • Composition
  • Subject matter

Component Group 3: Beliefs and Ideas

Greek Religion

  • The nature of the Olympian gods
  • Personal experience of the divine
  • Religion and society
  • Places of worship
  • Rituals and priests
  • Religion and philosophy

Love and Relationships

  • Men and women
  • Plato on love and desire
  • Seneca on love and desire
  • Sappho
  • Ovid
  • Love and relationships in poetry

Politics of the Late Republic

  • The background of the late Republic
  • Cato and the politics of the optimates
  • Caesar as popularis and dictator
  • Cicero and the res publica
  • Cicero as orator: In Verrem 1
  • Cicero as correspondent: Selected Letters

Democracy and the Athenians

  • Solon
  • Cleisthenes
  • 5th Century developments
  • Democracy idealised
  • Democracy critiqued
  • Democracy and comedy

Assesment

AS level

Component 1

  • 65 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

Component 2

  • Assessment of one of the two components in the component group 2
  • 65 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

A level

Component 1

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours 20 minutes written paper
  • 40% of total A level

Component 2

  • Assessment of one of the four components in the component group 2
  • 75 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 30% of total A level

Component 3

  • Assessment of one of the four components in the component group 3
  • 75 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 30% of total A level

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is OCR Classical Civilisation (H008 and H408).

Tutors

Peter Olive
BA (Oxford), PhD candidate

Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

  • Top independent sixth form college
  • In 2020 A levels 68% A*-A and 92% A*-B
  • In 2020 72% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the board
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 2.4 grades
Student studying for her A-Levels

Click one of the logos to read more

Talk to a qualified adviser today! Call us on +44 (0) 20 7584 1288

About Us

Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest and best independent sixth form colleges in London. Established in 1934, our “culture of scholastic excellence” (Ofsted, 2018) is deeply embedded and sets the standard for other colleges to follow.

Latest News

PROSPECTUS

Contact us now to request a prospectus to find out more about Westminster Tutors, all the courses we offer and how we can help you....

ADMISSIONS

We are an academically non-selective college and Independent Sixth Form College. We welcome applications from students of all abilities.

ABOUT US

Established in 1934, Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest and most respected Independent Sixth Form colleges...

LATEST NEWS

Last night, the Government announced that all secondary schools and colleges in England will be closed....