A-Level Classical Civilisation

Our course code: A021-1

Course fee: £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

Are you fascinated by the legacy of the classical world? Do you have a passion for all things theatre and art, or a love of heroic films and ancient battles? This A-Level Classical Civilisation 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.

On this course, you’ll have the chance to study both Archaic Greece and Imperial Rome, and their surrounding worlds and epics, including the oldest surviving works of literature in the Western literary canon! A-Level Classical Civilisation gives you the opportunity to explore some of the ideas important not only to the ancient world but also to the modern one. From ideas about love to those about democracy, you’ll examine thought-provoking and interesting concepts, developing a solid understanding of the social and historical context that relate beliefs and classical thought to the modern world.

On this course, you’ll develop the ability to evaluate and analyse ideas and apply these to a range of source materials. These skills are transferable to almost any higher-level degree or career field. A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK, recognised by universities and employers alike as a mark of significant achievement.

This home study course follows the new OCR A-Level Classical Civilisation syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. 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. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final A-Level examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Please note, you won’t be able to start this course until 30/01/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

An A-level in Classical Civilisation will enable you to gain a knowledge and understanding of the classical world through the study of a diverse range of ancient literature, thought and culture.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: OCR
  • Our course code: A021-1
  • Qualification code: H408

OCR is a leading UK awarding body. Providing qualifications which 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 provides GCSEs and A-Levels in over 40 subjects and offers over 450 vocational qualifications.

The qualifications are developed in close consultation with teachers, industry leaders and government to ensure they are relevant for learners today and meet requirements set by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time | plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

Your course will run for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. You can enrol today, but this course begins on 30/01/21. At this point, you will receive your login details to our MyOxbridge portal, and your learning materials will be accessible when the course officially begins.


You can enrol now for examinations in Summer 2022, or if you wish to fast track your learning in time for examinations in 2021, please do contact us before enrolling. 

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.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades (CAGs) if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of 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.

This syllabus has been chosen by Oxbridge because it is the best suited to online learning, and we believe it provides the best chance of success. It is also possible to transition to AS-Level Classical Civilisation if you wish to, using the same course materials.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - It is strongly recommended that you have studied English Literature to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: The world of the hero 

In this compulsory component, you will study either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid, developing a sophisticated understanding of the epics themselves; the way in which they were composed, 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 Roman 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.

2: Culture and the arts 

In this section, you’ll study visual and material culture, from theatres to Persian art and archaeological sites, to Roman coins and architecture. There are four modules in this component; Greek Theatre, where you’ll study how the drama produced in ancient Greece forms some of the most powerful literature of the ancient world and has had a profound influence on modern culture.

The Imperial Image module focuses on the idea of ‘spinning’ a public image, which is engaging as it’s familiar with our contemporary media. Alternatively, you can choose to study the Invention of the Barbarian, exploring how the Greeks saw themselves as distinct from their ‘barbarian’ neighbours, with issues of race, identity, and stereotypes. Finally, you could study Greek Art and how it reflects a period of great change in the 6th–4th centuries BC Greek world.

3: Beliefs and ideas 

In this final component, you will study an area of classical thought, along with either literature in translation or visual/material culture. You may choose from:

  • Greek Religion
  • Love and Relationships
  • Politics of the Late Republic
  • Democracy and the Athenians.

In the study of classical thought, you’ll cover ideas about politics and correct governance, to what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to love and desire, and the nature of the gods and their relationship with mankind. Exploring ancient romance poetry alongside other sources, you’ll investigate how the key beliefs and ideas are presented and impact the following cultures.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. There is one additional fee of £370, which covers the costs of all your exams for this subject. Your personal tutor can provide more details. There are additional texts you will be expected to read: (1) OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Components 21 and 22, R Hancock, J Renshaw and L Swift, Bloomsbury Academic 2017. (2) OCR Classical Civilisation A Level Components 31 and 34, A Mitropoulos, T Morrison, J Renshaw and J Steinhauer, Bloomsbury Academic 2017. (3) The Odyssey, Homer (EV Rieu, D Rieu and P Jones), Penguin Classics 2003. (4) The Aeneid, Virgil (D West), Penguin Classics 2003. (4) The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus', Sophocles (R Fagles), Penguin Classics 1984. (5) Bacchae, Euripides (D Franklin), Cambridge University Press 2000. (6) Frogs, Aristophanes (J Affleck, C Letchford and J Harrison), Cambridge University Press 2014.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.