Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation AS and A2 Level

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Latin

  • Latin A level is an immensely rewarding course which will suit someone who enjoys the language itself and has an interest in the classical world.
  • It is a fantastic linchpin to connect Sciences and Maths with a Language or an humanity.
  • Having Latin on a CV or UCAS form will really impress admissions tutors and prospective employers.
  • Most of the grammar has already been met, whilst studying GCSE. We study the grammar and vocabulary in greater depth and also learn about history, politics, philosophy and religion of the Romans with reference to the set texts, which are studied as works of literature in their own right. Thus, by the end of the course, pupils will be able to read many of the major authors from the first century BC and the first century AD independently.
  • A qualification in Latin at A-Level is evidence of clarity of mind valued in all walks of life. Employers hold Classicists in high regard, because of their ability to think logically, and their well-developed communications skills.
  • Gaining a good grade in Latin at A level is viewed as excellent proof of a student’s academic and intellectual abilities by admission tutors in a wide range of university disciplines, but especially Law, Medicine, History, Politics, Modern and Oriental languages, Archaeology, Theology, English as well as Classics.

Nero's great bath
Nero's great bath

Examination Board: OCR

Entrance Requirement: GCSE Latin at Grade B or higher.

Course Content

This is a linear course and all examinations taken at the end of year 2.

Unseen translation and comprehension: 2 written papers worth 150 marks

We work through some exciting authors, such as Livy and Caesar, to prepare for this paper, getting an insight into life in the Roman world.

Prose literature: 2hr written paper worth 75 marks

We study Cicero’s key speech Pro Milone, as well as enjoying some great historical writing from Tacitus Annals I

Verse Literature: 2hr written paper worth 75 marks

Everyone should study Virgil and so Aeneid 8 is our first set text, followed by some great love poetry from Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus.

Where it leads

An A Level in a Classical language is highly regarded by admission tutors in all University arts faculties, not merely those teaching pure Classics. The language and communication skills acquired are valuable in professions as the Law, journalism, media skills, advertising, banking and accountancy. Classics graduates have the highest employment rate of all arts students.

Entry Guidelines: Normally B or above in GCSE Latin.

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Ancient Greek

The Classics Department are happy to discuss the possibility of offering Classical Greek, which can be done on timetable. Please contact Mrs Milne (rem@blundells.org)

Why Study Ancient Greek?

  • A level Greek is an immensely rewarding course that will suit someone who enjoys the language itself and has an interest in the classical world.
  • For students wishing to progress onto Higher Education Classics qualifications can be extremely useful. Students not only acquire specific knowledge, but also important transferable skills such as analysing sources and developing independent, critical and evaluative approaches. They learn to formulate and support an argument and gain a valuable understanding of cultures very different to their own.
  • It connects Sciences and Maths with a Language or a humanity.
  • Having Greek on a CV or UCAS form will really impress admissions tutors and prospective employers.
  • You have already met most of the grammar, whilst studying GCSE.
  • We study the grammar and vocabulary in greater depth and also learn about history, politics, philosophy and religion of the Greeks with reference to the set texts, which are studied as works of literature in their own right. Thus, by the end of the course, you will be able to read many of the major authors of the Greek world.
  • A qualification in Greek at A-Level is evidence of clarity of mind valued in all walks of life. Employers hold Classicists in high regard, because of their ability to think logically, and their well-developed communications skills.
  • Gaining a good grade in Greek at A level is viewed as excellent proof of a student’s academic and intellectual abilities by admission tutors in a wide range of university disciplines, but especially Law, Medicine, History, Politics, Modern and Oriental languages, Archaeology, Theology, English as well as Classics.

Roman forum
Roman forum

Examination Board: OCR

All examinations taken at the end of year 2.

Entrance Requirement: GCSE Greek at Grade B or higher

Course Content

Unseen translation and comprehension: 2 written papers worth 150 marks

We work through some exciting authors to prepare for this paper, getting an insight into life in the Greek world.

Prose literature: 2hr written paper worth 75 marks

We study some philosophy from Plato’s Apology as well as enjoying some great historical writing from Thucydides’ Histories 4.

Verse Literature: 2hr written paper worth 75 marks

Everyone should study Homer and so Odyssey 10 is our first set text, followed by some great Tragic writing from Sophocles’ Antigone.

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Classical Civilisation

Classical civilisation is a way of studying Greek, Roman Culture and History without needing to learn Latin (or Greek). This allows a greater focus on the culture, literature and society of the Ancient World. The course explores the influence of the Greeks and the Romans on the Western World (its language, literature, art, culture and laws) and supports any subject. It is also excellent preparation for anything similar at a higher level, and subjects such as Law, Politics or Philosophy.

Why study Classical Civilisation?

  • The first—and most important—reason is because it’s a fascinating subject, with a huge breadth of subject matter. It is also a very useful subject. Classical Civilisation offers an important insight into where we come from and why modern society is the way it is. Classical Civilisation also raises vital questions about matters that we take for granted by comparison to very different societies. It develops one’s appreciation of literature and one’s use of the language. As an essay subject, Classical Civilisation trains students to collect a diverse range of information and to synthesise this information into clear, concise arguments. In learning about the Ancients, students will develop more familiarity with many of the references to the Classical world which abound in English (and European) literature.
  • Skills of analysis, deduction, ICT, communication, discussion and essay writing are taught and fostered.
  • Groups are lively and interactive with discussion and reading to support study.
  • Classical Civilisation complements all other subjects in a variety of combinations, helping to broaden your general education.
  • This subject is enjoying increasing popularity, both at A level and as a university degree course.
  • Classical Civilisation is listed on UCL’s list of preferred A Level subjects and it is also listed on Trinity College, Cambridge’s list of Generally Suitable Arts A-levels. It is also listed as a useful subject for degrees in Classical Studies and Philosophy in the Russell Group ‘Informed Choices’ document with ancient languages being mentioned as helpful for those wishing to study History.

Examination Board: OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)

Course Content

2 year linear course. All exams are written and taken at the end of year 2.

Classical Civilisation is made up of three components:

Component 1: The World of the Hero: [2hr 20 written paper] in this module we read the epic poems which are the foundations of our culture: Homer's Odyssey & Virgil’s Aeneid

Component 2: Culture and the Arts: [1hr45 written paper] in this module we have a choice from Greek Theatre: we studyComedy and Tragedy plays from the fathers of their genre: texts studied are Euripides’ Bacchae, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Aristophanes’ Frogs; Imperial Image of Augustus, the Invention of the Barbarian or Greek Art.

Component 3: Beliefs and Ideas [1hr45 written paper] in this module we have a choice from Politics of the Late Republic: view this fascinating period, including the famous characters of Julius Caesar and Pompey, through the eyes of Cicero. Learn from the best orator and lawyer of the age on why Pompey is THE general Rome has been waiting for; Love and Relationships; Greek Religion or Democracy and the Athenians.

Entry Guidelines: No previous knowledge is required. No knowledge of Latin is required. All texts are studied in English.

Where it leads

Classical Civilisation is becoming increasingly popular, both at A level and University level. The language and communication skills acquired are valuable in a wide range of professions. Classics graduates are highly regarded and enter such professions as Law, journalism and media, advertising, banking and accountancy.

The crater of Vesuvius
The crater of Vesuvius