Classics is the study of a complete civilisation – from political theory to literature, from history to art – and as such it is a highly-regarded way of demonstrating all-round academic and applied ability.
Whilst fascinating in their own right, Classical subjects are also an ideal complement to host of other options. An A Level in a classical subject does not necessarily mean Classics at university and many students go on to read Mathematics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Law, Music, Modern Languages, to name just a few of the routes open to Classicists.
Latin and Greek
Both language and literature are studied. At both AS and A2, set texts are studied, with a combination of prose and verse, as at GCSE level. Language work continues to support the understanding of the literature, and subsequently the discussion of its qualities and style. Students enjoy reading ‘real’ Latin or Greek, not heavily adapted as at GCSE. In Latin, we usually read a portion of epic poetry and a historian or orator. In Greek, it is usually Oratory or History, and Homer, followed at A2 by a tragedy or comedy.
Classical Civilisation is a natural progression from GCSE level, but those with no prior knowledge of the subject are at no disadvantage. Topics studied are dramatic, fascinating taught through translation. Topics include Homeric Epic, Greek Art and the Politics of the Late Roman Republic. Two modules are studied at AS and two further modules at A2 level. High levels of literary and evaluation skills, such as are found in English and History are preferable, if you haven’t taken the subject before.
Classical Civilisation – OCR
Greek – OCR
Latin – OCR
Mr M Murray
Head of Classics