DEPARTMENT

Classics

A level Board/code

OCR H008, H408

What do we cover in the course?

    Our A Level qualification provides students with a broad and rewarding study of the classical world. Students have the opportunity to study elements of the literature, visual/material culture and thoughts of the classical world while acquiring an understanding of their social historical and cultural contexts.

How is it assessed?

3 Papers

Content overview
Component 11: The world of the hero

In this compulsory component, students study either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid.
Component group 2: Culture and the arts

The components in this group involve study of visual and material culture, and (except for Greek art) literature in translation.

Students study one of:

Greek theatre (21)
Imperial image (22)
Invention of the barbarian (23)
Greek art (24).

Component group 3: Beliefs and ideas

Components in this group involve study of an area of classical thought, along with either literature in translation or visual/material culture.

Students study one of:

Greek religion (31)
Love and relationships (32)
Politics of the Late Republic (33)
Democracy and the Athenians (34).

 

Key skills required

None

Course Curriculum link?

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/classical-civilisation-h008-h408-from-2017/

What is the course useful for?

Classical Civilisation is listed on UCL’s list of preferred A Level subjects and it is also listed on Trinity College, Cambridge’s list of Generally Suitable Arts A Levels. It is also listed as a useful subject for degrees in Classical Studies and Philosophy in the Russell Group ‘Informed Choices’ document.