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Time Allocation
Classical Civilisation is a GCSE option choice; therefore, during KS4, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study. 

Exam Board: OCR 

Why you should consider studying the subject

Students who study Classical Civilisation will: 

  • gain a broad knowledge and understanding of a range of literary and cultural materials from the classical world and the ability to use these to acquire knowledge and understanding of aspects of the classical world. 

  • use their knowledge, in conjunction with their analytical and evaluative skills, in order to gain insight into the classical world from the literary and material culture studied 

  • demonstrate an informed response to the material studied, selecting a range of appropriate evidence to support an argument 

  • develop awareness of how classical sources reflect issues relevant to both the classical world and today, such as questions of gender, belief, sexuality and citizenship. 

What you will learn by studying Classical Civilisation: 


Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 


Roman City Life  

Myth & Religion   

Literary sources recap from Roman City Life and Myth & Religion   



Roman City Life continued   



Myth & Religion continued  

Examination technique – Myth and Religion. Focus on: 

Rome questions  

Greece questions  

Comparative style questions  


Roman City Life continued   

Myth & Religion Continued  

 Examination technique – Roman City Life. Focus on: 

Culture questions vs Literature questions  

How assessment is organised

Formative Assessment
Assessment will take place at regular intervals throughout the course. Students will be introduced to two examination questions per half term from the start of their GCSE course in Year 9. In addition, students can expect to receive knowledge-based testing throughout the GCSE course.  

Summative Assessment
2 x GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11 

Component 1: Thematic study – Myth and Religion. 1 hour and 30 minute examination with a range of shorter and more extended questions. This examination is worth 50 % of the overall GCSE  

Component 2: Literature and Culture – Roman City Life. 1 hour and 30 minute examination with a range of shorter and more extended questions. This examination is worth 50% of the overall GCSE course.


What opportunities will a GCSE Classical Civilisation lead to?
The skills in thinking, arguing and communicating that you will develop in your studies are transferable to a wide variety of different professions and careers. This includes careers in: law, medicine, administration, education, the civil service, arts, writing, curators, archives, archaeology and politics. 

What skills profile a GCSE Classics student should have?
Good communication, organisation, reading, writing, thinking and debate skills. 

Famous Classicists include: JK Rowling; Boris Johnson; Chris Martin; Sigmund Freud; Ted Turner (founder of CNN).

In Classics we continue to widen and deepen our curriculum by providing our students with providing a whole host of opportunities to learn beyond  the classroom including: 

  • Thames explorer Trip - a chance to learn how archaeological evidence is found and how we interpret / use the evidence
  • Museum of London Visits – this reveals aspects of Roman life in London
  • Exhibition Visits – in recent years we have been to visit the Tutankhamum Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the Trojan War Exhibition at the British Museumand the Nero Exhibition at the British Museum
  • Moots - Classics links closely to moots and we have accessed these opportunities in the past, including one where Boudica was placed on trial.

In addition, we strive to broaden our students skills by regularly providing them with opportunities to research specific case studies from their syllabus in groups and feedback to one another in lessons, encouraging them to lead the learning in the classroom.   

For more information, contact Mrs Kouttis or Mr Crosby.