A-level Classical Civilisation

Considered the ‘ultimate humanities subject’, this course will take you on a journey into the ancient world, boosting your research and analytical skills along the way!

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Overview

Are you fascinated by the legacy of the ancient Greeks? Do you have a passion for all things theatre and art or a love of heroic films and ancient battles? This OCR A-level Classical Civilisation online course will provide you with a broad and rewarding understanding of the classical world through the study of a diverse range of ancient literature, visual materials and culture.

Classical Civilisation is a particularly fascinating subject to study, as it encompasses a fantastic variety of disciplines, including literature, history, archaeology and art. With this course, you will build a foundation in understanding and interacting with these disciplines. So while learning about the incredible past, you will also build towards your future.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - The world of the hero

To begin, you’ll take an in-depth look at Homer’s Odyssey, developing a sophisticated understanding of this epic and the religious, cultural and social values and beliefs of its society.

You’ll learn about what it was to be a hero in the Greek world, looking closely at literary techniques and composition that shape the plot of the epic, including the use of speeches, the portrayal of war, death and mortality, fate and relationships.

Unit 2 - Culture and the arts

In this section, you’ll study the visual and material culture of Greek Theatre, focusing on how the drama produced in ancient Greece forms some of the most influential literature of the ancient world and has had a profound influence on modern culture.

Unit 3 - Beliefs and ideas

In the final unit, you’ll be taking a thorough look at ancient Greek religion, an essential part of identity within this society. You’ll be studying the Olympian deities, the reciprocal relationship between gods and mortals and the significance of Homer and Hesiod for Greek ideas about the gods.

Moving on, you’ll look at mystery cults, focusing on the importance of initiation, personal choice and individual participation. Lastly, you’ll examine religion and society, the link between politics and religion, along with the Panathenia and its significance for Athens.

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OCR is a leading UK awarding body. Providing qualifications that engage people of all ages and abilities. The general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential. OCR provide GCSE courses and A-Level courses in over 40 subjects.

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive an A-level in Classical Civilisation, awarded by OCR. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for A-level Classical Civilisation examinations for Summer 2024.

You'll be required to complete three standard A-level written exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours 20 minutes, 40% of A-level, 100 marks
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-level, 75 marks
  • Paper 3: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-level, 75 marks

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied English Literature to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course. It is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

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Can I get predicted grades for my UCAS application?

Absolutely! We can process a predicted grade for you once you have completed a total of four assignments – this can be sent over to you via email or letter which can then be passed on to UCAS for your application.

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Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

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Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

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Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

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Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

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Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

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What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

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Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

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How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

  • A* – 56
  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
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If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

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How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

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What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

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What will I learn in this A-level Classical Civilisation course?

In this engaging classical civilisation online course, you’ll take a deep dive into Ancient Greece, immersing yourself in classics such as Homer’s Odyessy and Virgil’s Aeneid. From love to democracy, you’ll examine thought-provoking concepts, developing a solid understanding of the social and historical context of classical thoughts and belief systems. You’ll develop your ability to evaluate and analyse ideas and apply these to a range of source materials; skills that are transferable to almost any higher-level degree or career field.

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Why study OCR A-level Classical Civilisation online?

This distance learning course follows the new OCR A-level Chemistry syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online, in your own time, at your own pace. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam.

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Is there a reading list for this A-level Classical Civilisation course?

Yes, as part of this course, you’ll be required to read: The Odyssey by Homer, The Aeneid by Virgil, The Three Theban Plays: ‘Antigone’, ‘Oedipus the King’, ‘Oedipus at Colonus’, by Sophocles, Bacchae by Euripides and Frogs by Aristophanes. All of these texts will be provided as eBooks at no extra charge.

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How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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