A-level Classical Civilisation

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

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 will learn

  1. Unit 1 - The World of the Hero: Homer's Odyssey

    • Literary techniques and composition
    • Characterisation and themes
    • Social, cultural and religious context
  2. Unit 2 - The World of the Hero: Virgil's Aeneid

    • Literary techniques and composition
    • The Heroic World: characterisation and themes
    • Social, cultural and religious context
    • Historical and political background
  3. Unit 3 - Culture and the Arts: Greek Theatre

    • Drama and the theatre in Ancient Athenian society
    • Nature of tragedy
    • Nature of (old) comedy
    • Literary techniques, structure, and dramatic conventions
    • Social, political and religious themes in tragedy
    • Social, political and religious themes in comedy
  4. Unit 4 - Beliefs and Ideas: Greek Religion

    • The nature of the Olympian Gods
    • Personal experience of the Divine
    • Religion and society
    • Places of worship
    • Rituals and priests
    • Religion and philosophy
  5. unit 5 - Preparing for the Exam

    • World of the Hero: worth 40%
    • Greek Theatre: worth 30%
    • Greek Religion: worth 30%

Awarding Body

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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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’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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