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Classical Civilisation A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB007
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


This is a subject that is increasingly popular in the mainstream again. Books, TV and film now seem to be plundering the Ancient Greeks and Romans for stories and historical accounts, and no wonder! It's a time of heroes and monsters, wily politicians and wars, great creative minds and figures whose reputations have lasted for more than 2000 years. Find out more about their worlds on this course.

One of the best opportunities you will get on this course is an educational visit to Rome. We get the chance to discover 'The Eternal City' and all it has to offer; the monuments and museums, the ancient streets and architecture. One student said of the trip "Going to Rome was an incredible experience...we came back with fresh information and new ideas on the place we're studying."

FAQs  

In this Classical Civilisation A-level course, we start by looking at the world of the Ancient Greeks, and in particular of the great poet, Homer. Our focus is 'The Odyssey', Homer's timeless great work. This story of a journey and the longing for home of his hero, Odysseus, has inspired and moved people for over two millennia. The culture and religion of the Greeks is interwoven with the characters and monsters he meets on the way, all the while yearning to return to his island home and his family.

As well as Greece, a large part of the course focuses on Ancient Rome, specifically the Politics of the Roman Republic and the political ideas of that time. We get to know leaders such as Julius Caesar, Marcus Cicero and Marcus Cato and the tumultuous events that lead to the collapse of the Roman political system in the last century BC. This sets us up to look at the first 'Emperor', Augustus, in the second year.

When looking at Augustus, we study the way in which this remarkable leader created an image which ensured his uninterrupted rule of Rome and its Empire for over 40 years. We look at art, architecture, coins and poetry to see how he was able to communicate specific messages of power and authority to those he ruled over.

Finally, we return to epic poetry once again with a study of the great work of Virgil, The Aeneid. Virgil took on many of the narrative ideas from Homer but put his own Roman twist to them. His hero, Aeneas is a man with a mission, a destiny given him by fate, to found the Roman race. Written in the time of Augustus, it highlights many of the issues of that period and it can still be debated today, how far is it a propaganda piece for the Augustan regime?
The units are assessed by examinations during May/June of the final year.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

A good level of numeric and ICT skills.
The vast majority of our learners go on to study at university (including Oxford and Cambridge). This course will be valued by employers and universities as a demonstration of your academic ability. Teaching and research are among the careers that you could be drawn to, but like other subjects which teach you good written, oral and analytical skills, this subject prepares you for a much wider variety of potential careers; examples include publishing, curating and careers in politics.
Sessions are classroom-based and extensive use is made of the interactive white board. The course includes an educational visit in the second year to Rome. There is always plenty of discussion and enthusiastic debate!
You will need to bring your GCSE certificates, pen, paper and files to store your notes.
For more information, please email DASadmin@petroc.ac.uk
Q: Will this course support my other subjects?
A: Yes, many other A-levels, including art, drama and theatre studies, English literature, government and politics, history, history of art and philosophy, as well as a study of the classical languages.

Q: What about Latin?
A: The course does not require any previous knowledge of Classical Greek or Latin language.

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