Studying A-level Ancient History can be fascinating for a multitude of reasons. It allows us to understand how civilisations from the past developed, including the growth of social and cultural systems, the spread of religion, trade and the formation of political structures. At Oxbridge, our online A-level Ancient History course is delivered by an expert team and designed to help you learn in the way that best suits you.
Studying Ancient History allows us to understand the relevance of the past to the present, as it enables us to explore the root causes of modern-day geopolitical and societal issues, as well as current global challenges. A-level Ancient History can be incredibly engaging because of the abundance of stories, mythologies and characters that populate it. Learning about the triumphs and tragedies of ancient figures such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, or Alexander the Great can be informative and entertaining.
A-level Ancient History opens up a world of opportunity for learners eager to expand their knowledge of the ancient world and goes hand in hand with our A-level History course. By taking the course, students will explore a wide range of topics, including the military, political, religious, social and cultural history of the ancient world.
In-depth knowledge of selected periods of ancient history will give learners the tools to formulate solid arguments and substantiated judgments. Additionally, students will understand Greek and Roman history in the context of neighbouring civilisations and establish critical connections between individuals, issues, identities and societies of the past.
By engaging with scarce historical evidence, students will develop an understanding of the historical periods studied and analytical methods applied to evaluate evidence. The course will also enhance learners' perception of historical debates and enable them to compare different periods in context within ancient history.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - The Greeks
This unit guides you through ancient Greece. Paying particular attention to the politics and culture of Sparta.
In terms of Ancient History, Spartan culture is fascinating! We look at the social and political structure of Sparta and most interestingly, it’s well-renowned military. Still regarded to this day as one of the finest the World has seen.
Unit 2 - The Romans
In this section we take a deep dive in to the Romans. Specifically the Julio-Claudian Emperors of the times 31BC through to AD68.
This includes Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero.
We then take a look at the late republic up until it’s ultimate demise.
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Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-level Ancient History, issued by OCR. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
This syllabus (H407) has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level Ancient History examinations for Summer 2024.
You'll be required to complete two standard A-level Ancient History written exams:
- Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of A-level, 98 marks
- Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of A-level, 98 marks
These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.
A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course. This Ancient History A-level syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, which is usually suitable for most learners of all ages.