Classical Civilisation is a varied and stimulating A level course. The course will suit students who are keen to develop their own ideas and responses to a range of literature and other sources. Students do not need to have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE level to take this option.
The aims of the course are for students to:
· develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world;
· develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills;
· acquire, through studying a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilisation;
· develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times;
· make an informed, personal response to the material studied.
Course Outline: 4 units – 2 for AS level and 2 for A2 level:
Module 1 Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and society
Module 2 Greek Tragedy in its context
Four plays are studied:
· Euripides - ‘Medea’ and ‘Electra’
· Aeschylus - ‘Agamemnon’
Module 3 Virgil and the World of the Hero. Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ and parts of Homer’s ‘Iliad’ are studied
Module 4 Art and Architecture in the Greek world (Archaic period to 4th Century BC)
The topics are:
· Greek Free Standing sculpture
· Greek Vase Painting
· Temple architecture and architectural sculpture
Entry Requirements: As stated in the admission policy
Special Requirements: A GCSE in Classical Civilisation is useful but not essential. No knowledge of Latin or Classical Greek is required.
Exam Board: OCR