Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation incorporates the study of the Ancient Roman and Greek cultures, their history, art, literature, theatre and political structures.

As such, it provides an opportunity to engage with all aspects of an ancient civilisation. In this way, Classical Civilisation is quite unique; few other subjects engage with their material in such a holistic manner. The Classics Department is a growing one, with big ambitions. The Classics staff are passionate about the subject and hope to inspire this same passion in their students.

Why Choose Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation is the subject for you, if:

  • you have an interest in people and cultures
  • you wish to know more about the ancient world
  • you enjoy debate and discussion
  • you wish to pursue a related degree at university (e.g. Ancient History, Law, Philosophy, Archaeology and Anthropology, English Literature or a Modern Foreign Language)
  • you are interested in a career in any of the following: Law, Finance, the Foreign Office, Business, Politics, Advertising and Technology
  • you wish to develop transferable skills, such as textual analysis, oral and written communication skills and debating ability.

Exam Board

Further information on the Classical Civilisation A Level can be found on the AQA website. 

Course Content

AS Classical Civilisation:

  • Unit 1 – Aristophanes and Athens
  • Unit 2 – Homer’s Iliad

A2 Classical Civilisation:

  • Unit 3 – Greek Tragedy
  • Unit 4 – Roman Epic


AS Classical Civilisation:

  • Unit 1 – Aristophanes and Athens – 100% Exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Unit 2 – Homer’s Iliad – 100% Exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

A2 Classical Civilisation:

  • Unit 3 – Greek Tragedy - 100% Exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Unit 4 – Roman Epic - 100% Exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

 Trips, Activities and Extension

Visit to the Classical Sites of Greece

The most recent trip to Greece in October 2014 first visited Delphi, followed by two nights in Athens with its innumerable sites central to ancient theatre and democracy. The group then visited the phenomenal theatre at Epidauros with its famous Asclepion (ancient health spa), Argos, Mycenae (the legendary seat of Agamemnon), and the Isthmus at Corinth.

Classical Theatre Productions

The Department regularly organises excursions to see Classics-related productions. This is often in conjunction with other subjects such as Drama or English where productions are relevant for more than one discipline. Previous trips have included a visit to see Aristophanes’ Clouds performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, as well as trip to see a reworking of Sophocles’ Electra at the Old Vic with Drama students.  

Trip to Rome (Spring 2016)

For five days during the February half-term break, a group of GCSE and A-Level Classicists visited Rome and the sites of its immortal Roman heritage. From a visit to the towering magnificence of the Colosseum on the first morning, students in the sights and sounds (and tastes) of all that the Eternal City has to offer.