The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide-ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatics, epigraphy, archaeology, art, architecture and philosophy. Classical civilisation is the term applied to the civilisations of Greece and Rome.

In terms of a time scale, Classical Greece is usually considered to be the 5th and 4th centuries, specifically the period between the end of the Persian Wars to the death of Alexander the Great: 479-323 BC. The Roman period is more difficult to pin down to specific dates. Most universities will start with the beginnings of Roman expansion into Italy in the early 5th century and run to Alaric’s sack of Rome in 410 AD. This course is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and is designed to develop an interest and understanding of Classical Civilisation.

The Aims of the Course

Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world. Acquire, through a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilization.

Develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times.

Develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level. Make an informed, personal response to the material studied

  • Qualification: A Level Classical Civilisation
  • Accredited: Yes
  • QCF Recognised: Yes
  • Awarding Body: OCR
  • Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
  • Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support
  • UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades


AS Level

  • Unit 1: Homer's Odyssey and Society
  • Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its Context

A2 Level

  • Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • Unit 4: Virgil and the World of the Hero


It is recommended that candidates have literary and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE, though full tutor support is given throughout. Basic English reading and writing skills are required.


It is recommended that students allocate 150 hours to study fully for the AS in Classical Civilisation. Given that the Odyssey unit comprises half of the AS, you should expect to spend approximately 75 hours study time on it (including revision time). It is recommended that students allocate around 180 hours to study fully for the A2 in Classical Civilisation. Since the Art and Architecture in the Greek World paper make up exactly half of the A2, you should expect to spend around 90 hours preparing yourself for this exam in particular. This includes reading and revision time.


Students are able to select how they wish to study.

  • Paper-based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond directly with your tutor via email.


  • Online: Access our premium online cloud-based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you!
Program taught in:
  • English

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