A-Level Classical Civilisation


This A-level Classical Civilisation course will take you through a diverse range of ancient literature, thought philosophy and archaic cultures to give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the classical world.

Looking at the ancient world through the eyes of both historical, literary and social contexts will give you a deeper understanding of the world ‘as it was’. This A-Level course is perfect if you want to enter into a creative career path, or can be a stepping stone towards becoming a museum or gallery curator.

SKU: A021-1 Categories: ,

250 – 300 Study Hours

Level 3 Difficulty

56 UCAS Points

OCR Awarding Body

Course Overview

All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2024 and beyond.
You will be required to complete the three standard written exams.

Official exams

  • Paper 1: 2 hours 20 minutes, 40% of A-Level, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-Level, 75 marks.
  • Paper 3: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-Level, 75 marks.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own.

During your course, you’ll be required to complete a number of assignments.

These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

Course Content

In this compulsory component, you will study either Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid, developing a sophisticated understanding of the epics themselves; the way in which they were composed, and the religious, cultural and social values and beliefs of its society. You’ll learn about what it was to be a hero in the Roman world, looking closely at literary techniques and composition that shape the plot of the epic, including the use of speeches, the portrayal of war, death and mortality, fate, and relationships.
In this section, you’ll study visual and material culture, from theatres to Persian art and archaeological sites, to Roman coins and architecture. There are four modules in this component; Greek Theatre, where you’ll study how the drama produced in ancient Greece forms some of the most powerful literature of the ancient world and has had a profound influence on modern culture. The Imperial Image module focuses on the idea of ‘spinning’ a public image, which is engaging as it’s familiar with our contemporary media. Alternatively, you can choose to study the Invention of the Barbarian, exploring how the Greeks saw themselves as distinct from their ‘barbarian’ neighbours, with issues of race, identity, and stereotypes. Finally, you could study Greek Art and how it reflects a period of great change in the 6th–4th centuries BC Greek world.
In this final component, you will study an area of classical thought, along with either literature in translation or visual/material culture. You may choose from:
  • Greek Religion
  • Love and Relationships
  • Politics of the Late Republic
  • Democracy and the Athenians.
In the study of classical thought, you’ll cover ideas about politics and correct governance, to what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to love and desire, and the nature of the gods and their relationship with mankind. Exploring ancient romance poetry alongside other sources, you’ll investigate how the key beliefs and ideas are presented and impact the following cultures.
  • Awarding body: OCR
  • Our course code: A021-1

OCR is a leading UK awarding body. Providing qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities. The general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential. OCR provides GCSEs and A-Levels in over 40 subjects and offers over 450 vocational qualifications.

Entry Requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied English Literature to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. There is one additional fee of £370, which covers the costs of all your exams for this subject. Your personal tutor can provide more details.
There are additional texts you will be expected to read: (1) OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Components 21 and 22, R Hancock, J Renshaw and L Swift, Bloomsbury Academic 2017. (2) OCR Classical Civilisation A Level Components 31 and 34, A Mitropoulos, T Morrison, J Renshaw and J Steinhauer, Bloomsbury Academic 2017. (3) The Odyssey, Homer (EV Rieu, D Rieu and P Jones), Penguin Classics 2003. (4) The Aeneid, Virgil (D West), Penguin Classics 2003. (4) The Three Theban Plays: 'Antigone', 'Oedipus the King', 'Oedipus at Colonus', Sophocles (R Fagles), Penguin Classics 1984. (5) Bacchae, Euripides (D Franklin), Cambridge University Press 2000. (6) Frogs, Aristophanes (J Affleck, C Letchford and J Harrison), Cambridge University Press 2014.
Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.
We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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