Ancient History

A Level

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You will study the civilisations of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome learning about the history, political systems and culture of Sparta, Athens and Rome through the translated writings of the historians of the time.

You will develop your analytical, research and communication skills in your investigation of contemporary sources as well as your ability to evaluate and assess evidence.

Ancient History complements other evidence-based subjects, such as History, Politics and Law. It is also possible to combine Ancient History with Classical Civilisation.

Skills of this course often translate into higher education study in Ancient History, Archaeology or Classical Studies or even into Law, English and History. Employment is often directly related to history and the ancient world, such as museum and gallery work.

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Ancient History, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2HIA

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

You do not need to have studied GCSE History to take this course.

On this course you will study:

Year One:
Greece: The Society and Politics of Sparta. This paper deals with a state where the system was even more controlled and militaristic than Germany’s Third Reich, yet where women were the most liberated in the ancient world. 


Rome: The Julio-Claudians. This paper deals with the first imperial family of Rome and the way in which they governed. The emperors studied are Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.


Year Two: 
Greece: Relations between Greek and non-Greek states in the 5th century BC. This paper deals with major conflicts of the period, such as the Persian War and its key battles of Marathon and Thermopylae
 and the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens.


Rome: The Flavians. This paper deals with the second imperial family and examines the ways in which it continues the policies of the Julio-Claudians. The emperors to be studied are Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.


South Downs College is currently working with Nottingham University on a project that is examining the use of a graphic novel approach to the teaching of Sparta. This is one example of the exciting learning opportunities that are offered on this course.

There are two examinations – one on Greece and one on Rome.

Examination techniques will be taught throughout the course.

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My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

My time at South Downs was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. South Downs is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student


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.

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