A level Classical Civilisation

What will I study in Classical Civilisation A level?

This is the study of the culture, literature and history of ancient Greece and Rome. Many of the foundations of society - democracy, law, drama, science - have their roots in the Classical tradition. To understand the Classical past, therefore, is to understand our own world. If pupils enjoy any or all of the following subjects - History, English Literature, Theology, Art, Politics and Latin - then they will most likely enjoy Classical Civilisation. As well as enriching and enhancing their understanding of the modern world, this subject also provides them with valuable skills of analysis and criticism that are highly regarded by employers and universities. 


  • Paper 1: World of the Hero. A written examination of 2 hours and 20 minutes, looking at: Homer’s Iliad and the Greek and Trojan heroes as well as Virgil’s Aeneid and the Roman hero.
  • Paper 2: Imperial Image. A written examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes, looking at: the reign of Augustus and whether or not he was successful in creating a positive image of himself and indeed Rome.
  • Paper 3: Politics of the Late Republic, looking at the careers and ideas of Roman politicians such as Julius Caesar, Cicero and Cato the Younger.


Three exams: one that is 2 hours and 20 minutes and two that are 1 hour and 45 minutes.




Exam Board


Entry Criteria

A grade 6 or above in an essay based subject such as History or English is required. 

For American Program pupils: two years of English and History, maintaining at least a B+ average.

Career Pathways

  • Law
  • Journalism,
  • The Foreign Office
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Computing
  • Librarianship
  • Museum and art gallery posts
  • Teaching
  • Archaeology.