Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 23
Exam Board: OCR
- Bi-annual Greece or Italy trip.
- British Musuem Trips.
- Classical Theatre Trips.
- University Lecture Trips.
- Classics Competitions.
- Annual Classics Dinner (Guest Speaker).
This course is for those with an interest in the classical world, or in the foundations of western literature, drama and
philosophy. It pairs well with English, Religious Studies, History and Drama A levels. Classical Civilisation also complements
Science A levels as it enables students to develop their analytical and critical thinking.
Through study you will develop your knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of all aspects of the classical world,
including literature, society, beliefs and thought.
You will develop your empathic skills, imagining yourself across millennia in another person’s situation and in a very
different place. You will also learn to show a classical perspective on timeless human questions, such as “what is heroic?”,
”Why do we make bad decisions?” and “what is love?"
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
World of the Hero: Homer’s Iliad (L6) and Vergil’s Aeneid (S6). Look at Heroism, the glory and pity of war and the human
Greek Theatre: (L6) Looking at the invention of western theatre, reading two tragedies, and one comedy, and considering
dramatic staging elements and themes in the plays.
Love and Relationships: (S6) Reading from Sappho to Ovid and Plato to Seneca - looking at classical views on the perfect
partner and the meaning of love.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
Classicists are in demand across the spectrum of degree subjects and careers for their intellectual flexibility and analytical
thinking. Former students have enjoyed careers in the civil service, IT, accountancy and medicine, amongst many others.
To enjoy this A level and be successful in it, you will need to be good at one of History, RS, Drama, English or Classical
Civilisation GCSE. Note: A Classical Civilisation GCSE is not a pre-requisite for study.
World of the Hero
3 x 10m Passage analysis, 2 x 20m essays
(characters/themes) 1 x 30m essay (characters /
themes) . 140 mins, 100 marks.
Short knowledge questions. Source evaluations
(10 marks). 20 mark essays. 30 mark essay.
105 mins, 75 marks.
As Greek Theatre above.