A Level Programme

Ancient History A Level

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About this course

Today’s civilizations owe a great debt to the power, politics and societies of antiquity. The inventions, techniques and concepts enabled the advancement of humankind and laid the foundations for life in the modern world.

You will:

  • develop a broad and extensive interest in the military, political, religious, social and cultural history of the ancient world
  • understand the nature of historical and archaeological evidence from the ancient world, and its scarcity, to build an understanding of the historical periods studied and the methods used in the analysis and evaluation of evidence
  • gain an understanding of how the ancient past has been represented by ancient historians and how the ancient past has been interpreted by modern historians and archaeologists

What will I learn?

Greek and Roman history is divided into four sections, two period studies and two depth studies.

Greek Period Study

  • Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states 492 - 404 BC

Greek Depth Study

  • The Politics and Society of Sparta 478-404 BC

Roman Period Study

  • The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC - AD 68
  • The reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero

Roman Depth Study

  • Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43 - c.128

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by written exams

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs, with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.
Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English and a Humanities Subject is preferred

Where can it take me?

  • College Progression - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - degree courses in the Classics and Ancient History
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Additional Information

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the ancient world and how its legacy affects today’s society. The course does not require any previous study of a Classics subject or knowledge of Latin or Greek.

Ancient History combines well with various subjects including Philosophy, History, Geology and Geography.