Classical Civilisation


This is an increasingly popular A level which offers students the opportunity to study Ancient Greece and Rome from the Archaic period to the later Roman Empire. It is a wide ranging course with elements of art, architecture, archaeology, ancient history and classical literature.


GCSE Grade C in English GCSE Classical Civilisation or History would be useful, but is not essential.


AS units include: The evolution of archaic and classical Greek public buildings and sculptures, the development of late Republican and imperial Roman urban architecture and town planning.

A2 units include: The politics and society of the Roman Republic, its transformation by the first emperor Caesar Augustus and its development under his successors Tiberius and Claudius.

There will be opportunities in both years for visiting classical sites and museum exhibitions. Students may also be given the chance to participate in local archaeological excavations.


There are many Classics and Classical Civilisation courses available at university or the qualification could support study in archaeology, history, literature or a wide range of other courses such as history of art, architecture, politics and philosophy. The skills gained from studying this A-level will be highly regarded in all areas of higher education and also attractive to prospective employers.