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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Academic Title
    AS +A2 = A level in Classical Civilisation. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
  • Course description
    Course summaryThe 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.

    Read on to find out more about our A Level Classical Civilisation distance learning course and how you can learn with our amazing materials and online support.
    Course Content
    AS Level
    Classification Code: H041
    Unit 1:  Homer’s Odyssey and Society
    Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its Context
    Each unit is examined separately in a separate exam. This makes it easier for you, the candidate, to focus your revision on each unit in turn, rather than having to revise both together.
    The examination is 90 minutes long and has 100 marks available.

    The examinations for Units 1 and 2 are equally weighted.

    The examination has two sections: A and B.
    Section A is worth 55 marks and is a commentary question.

    In section A, candidates are required to answer one commentary questionselected from a choice of two.

    Candidates answer three sub-questions set.
    Section B is worth 45 marks and is an essay.

    In section B, candidates are required to answer one essay question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is provided for the candidate for each essay question.

    Candidates therefore answer two questions in total.

    A2 Level
    Classification Code: H441
    Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
    Unit 4: Virgil and the World of the Hero

    As with the AS, each unit is examined separately, at a different examination. The A2 Units are subtitled ‘synoptic’.
    Only examinations for A2 are ‘synoptic’. The structure of the examination, in which you are asked to draw your own links and comparisons between texts or materials, gives them that status.
    The examination is 120 minutes long and has 100 marks available.

    The examinations for Units 3 and 4 are equally weighted.

    The examination has two sections: A and B.
    Section A is worth 50 marks and is a commentary question.

    In section A candidates are required to answer one commentary questionselected from a choice of two.

    Candidates answer the two commentary sub-questions set.
    Section B is worth 50 marks and is an essay.

    In section B, candidates are required to answer one essay from a choice of two.

    Candidates therefore answer two questions in total.

    How to Study
    It is recommended that student read the study guide, it contains some useful information some of which you will already know, but other details you may not. The importance of note-making has already been stressed in the study guide.
    There are many methods you can apply to making notes; none of which is necessarily any better than any other. The actual method you choose depends very much upon yourself and which method suits your style of study. You must remember that some styles of note-making which are more suited to some types of data than others.
    Thematic notes may be suites to a diagrammatic form of note making.  Bullet points are a useful technique to condense material and highlight the salient points. However you choose to make your notes (and you really should make some), you must do so methodically and regularly; if you get behind you will find it far more difficult to catch up later.

    Further StudyIt is the intention of the author and of this A-Level to provide you with a solid foundation upon which you will be able to build by further study.
    Hopefully you will enjoy all of the subjects covered in the A-Level course, and will find some of them of enough interest that you would like to pursue them further, whether at tertiary level or in your own independent learning.

    Some thoughts on how you can continue beyond the course are:

    Visiting MuseumsMany local museums have excellent classical exhibitions. Often, local museums contain archaeological information or artefacts about the history of the area in which you live. The museums in London house artefacts are of national importance, and are certainly worth a visit. In particular, the British Museum is a treasure house of Greek and Roman art and architecture, as well as housing the more everyday objects uncovered by archaeological excavation.
    There are the numerous Roman sites outside of London, including the World Heritage Sites of Hadrian’s Wall and its many forts.

    Internet
    As you can imagine, there is a substantial amount of information available on the internet for the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome. 

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