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Classics

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 

Autumn 

Roman City Life  

Myth & Religion   

Literary sources recap from Roman City Life and Myth & Religion   

Spring 

  

Roman City Life continued   

  

  

Myth & Religion continued  

Examination technique – Myth and Religion. Focus on: 

Rome questions  

Greece questions  

Comparative style questions  

Summer 

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; politics. 

What skills profile a GCSE Classics student should have
Good communication, organisation, reading, written, thinking and arguing 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 the opportunities to learn outside of the  classroom environment with the following trips: 

  • Thames explorer and Museum of London trip – to enhance their skills in archaeology  
  • Tutankhamun exhibition – an in depth look at the Egyptians, another ancient civilisation outside of their curriculum study 
  • Troy exhibition at the British museum – to gain a deeper understanding of the myths surrounding the Trojan War  

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 class room.   

For more information, contact Mrs Kouttis or Mr Crosby.