A Level Classical Civilisation
The study of Classical Civilisation is a unique A-Level. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to study and appreciate key aspects of ancient civilisation. You will engage in literary discussion, art appreciation, archaeological analysis, philosophical enquiry and historical evaluation throughout the course.

The new OCR classical specification has been designed to provide a sound understanding of key aspects of the ancient world and is useful support to other A levels such as English Literature, History and Religious Studies/Philosophy.

It may be possible to study Latin and Classical Civilisation within the same option slot resulting in two qualifications. Please ask for details.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

You should choose this subject because you have an interest in the ancient world and would like to evaluate key areas, which have influenced western society and our own lives.

  • You may understand that your favourite subject area has some relationship to the ancient world and would like to see what this is.
  • You may have chosen a Science subject and would like to broaden your study by a general arts qualification.
  • You may enjoy visiting ancient sites abroad and have become fascinated by the civilisations which produced them.
  • You will find that the subject gives you some truly cross curricular and marketable skills.

Summary of The Course

1. The World of the Hero
Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid

2. Culture and Arts: Greek Theatre
Drama and the theatre in ancient Athenian society
Nature of tragedy
Nature of (old) comedy
Literary techniques, structure, and dramatic conventions
Social, political and religious themes in tragedy
Social, political and religious themes in comedy
Study of three plays and a variety of artefacts

3. Beliefs and Ideas: Love and Relationships
Men and women
Plato on love and desire
Seneca on love and desire
Love and relationships in poetry

How is the qualification assessed?

Three examination papers to cover each of the themes studied.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature.

Please note that Latin is NOT required to study this subject.


OCR ADVANCED GCE in Classical civilisation H408