Covering Latin, Greek and the Classical Civilisation, this GCSE course explores the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome and Greece following OCR’s syllabus.

Classical Civilisation will appeal to any pupils who are attracted to the ancient world, whether that interest stems from mythology, history or literature. The course is open to all and offers a fascinating range of opportunities.  You will need some essay writing skills but this course is a very good way to develop them in itself.

You will learn how to discuss ‘primary source material’, such as wall paintings, graffiti, coins, inscriptions and of course the actual historians who provide the bulk of our evidence. We will study the society, politics and culture of the classical world.  Pupils analyse causes, motives and attitudes, and learn to draw comparisons between classical and later times.

Literature is read in translation, and, in line with English or History syllabuses, students will learn to interpret and evaluate their reading, and to fit it into a literary and historical context.

In Year 9, pupils begin to discover the customs, culture and history of the ancient civilisations by covering topics such as Roman entertainment, Greek myths and heroes, Ancient Egypt, the Greek tragedies and the Olympic Games. They also develop their Latin language skills and can study Greek as an additional subject option.

In preparation for GCSEs, pupils continue with their Classical Civilisation studies in Years 10-11. The three modules focus on a wide range of topics including the city of Rome and life in Sparta, as well as reading relevant literature such as Homer’s Odyssey. Latin studies concentrate on developing grammar and language skills, whilst Greek studies focus on aspects of the culture and the language.

The final examination includes two components:

A Thematic Study, one unit chosen from Myth and religion or Women in the ancient world. Both of these involve a comparative study of ancient Greece and Rome, and combine literary and visual/material sources.

Literature and Culture, one unit chosen fromThe Homeric world, Roman city life or War and warfare. All of these contain two elements; one in-depth cultural study and one study of related literature.

In the Sixth Form, pupils can study Latin at A Level or IB and Classical Civilisation at A-Level. During their studies, they will continue to build on their Latin and Greek linguistic skills and continue their exploration of the life and culture of ancient civilisations through the study of ancient authors and literary texts.

Pupils are also encouraged to enrich their studies by attending fun and informative talks given by visiting university lecturers. As well as immersing themselves in literary classics and watching the many televised dramas and Hollywood blockbusters which feature the Classical World.