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A Level Ancient History

This course is for those who wish to study the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. You will learn about their history, politics and culture through the writings of historians of the time. You need to be prepared to read substantial extracts from these writers in translation.

Entry Requirements

You must meet the College entry requirements for an A level course of at least five GCSEs with two at grade B and three at grade C or above in appropriate subjects. As the subject involves essay writing, GCSE English Language at grade C or above is required. You do not need to have studied GCSE History to take this course.

Course Content

Year One

You study both the Greeks and the Romans. Unit 1’s focus is the social system of Sparta, a system even more controlled and militaristic than Germany’s Third Reich, yet where women were the most liberated in Greece. This unit also covers the events leading to the war with Persia and the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans took their final stand for freedom.

Unit 2 looks at the political culture and events of Rome in the last days of the Roman Republic. You will meet some of the most legendary figures in history: Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cicero, Pompey, and the gladiator Spartacus.

Year Two

In Year 2 you again study both the Greeks and the Romans. Unit 3 revisits the Spartans as they embark on a 30-year war with their democratic neighbour, Athens, for the control of Greece. In Unit 4, you study Rome as it develops to the peak of its power as an imperial state, examining the careers of some of the most significant emperors such as Augustus, Claudius, Nero and Vespasian.

How will I be assessed?

Year one- Two examinations lasting one hour and 30 minutes, one for each unit, at the end of the first year comprising a mixture of extended writing.

Year two – Two examinations lasting two hours at the end of the year comprising essay questions.

Examination techniques will be taught throughout the course.

Will I need any extra equipment?

All books and essential equipment will be supplied by the College.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an A level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

Students can progress to higher education and study for a degree in Ancient History, Archaeology or Classical Studies. Ancient History also provides an excellent background for any other subject that involves assessing and evaluating evidence such as Law, Politics, History and Critical Thinking.

Course Information

Students aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income-based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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