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This A Level Classical Studies Course allows you to look at many aspects of the classical world which are significant in the development of the modern world. The course will provide learners with an understanding of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, and an appreciation of the diversity of the Classical world.
The course exposes learners to a range of original sources (textual, material, archaeological) and develops their abilities to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of evidence.
Students in the past have progressed onto the following degrees:-
• Classical studies or History • English studies
• Archeology • Philosophy • Politics • Sport and Exercise
An A’ Level in Classical Studies will enhance your chances of being accepted into University.
Studying classics at degree level will most often lead to a job as a:
There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.
The Full A Level has four modules you will need to cover which is split into IAS and IA2. The IAS Level has two modules and all of these are listed below.
Alexander the Great
This topic focuses on the life and career of Alexander the Great as seen through the eyes of his biographers.
Learners will be expected to have a knowledge of the main events of his life, success and relationships, with a focus on his impact and his legacy.
This topic will develop learners’ historical analysis skills, requiring them to offer critical evaluation of the life of Alexander the Great and the character, career and success of Alexander in context.
Learners will study a selection of biographical works and other sources on Alexander the Great with particular reference to his:
family, childhood and upbringing
campaigns and travels
military achievements and the reasons for them
rule of his empire and Persian influences on Alexander
relationships with others
attitude towards religion and mythology
personal and imperial legacy.
Virgil’s Aeneid had a pivotal place in the canon of Roman literature. This topic provides learners with the opportunity to consider both the inspiration Virgil drew from Homer and the influence of Virgil’s own cultural and political context on his portrayal of what it was to be a hero in the Roman world.
This topic will develop candidates’ literary analysis and appreciation skills, requiring them to offer critical analysis and personal response to, the literary achievements of Virgil. This will include the religious, cultural and social values portrayed in the text and the historical and political context of when it was written.
Athens and Sparta
This topic focuses on the history of the fifth century BCE as seen through the eyes of authors of the period and later.
Learners will be expected to have a knowledge of the main events of the period (499–404 BCE), but details of specific battles will not be required.
This topic will develop learners’ historical analysis skills, requiring you to offer critical evaluation of the impact of the historical events in this period on the people of Athens and Sparta and the contribution of people of different status living in these communities.
Learners will study a selection of historical, biographical and other sources on Athens and Sparta with particular reference to:
the roles of men, women and non-citizens in Athens and Sparta
political systems, functions of different groups within these systems and the influence of individuals on events
the reasons for, impacts and outcomes of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars
alliances with other states
relationships between the state and outsiders.
The epic poems of Homer were considered by the Greeks to be a foundation of Greek culture, being the earliest surviving Greek literature. This topic provides learners with the opportunity to study both of the epic poems of Homer.
Learners will be expected to have an understanding of the historical and mythological background of the poems. Detailed historical knowledge will not be expected.
Learners should be aware of the oral nature of composition and transmission of the poems which were later written down in their current form. As such, the poems reflect not just the time in which they were composed but also contain traces of earlier societies and culture.
This topic will develop learners’ literary analysis and appreciation skills, requiring them to offer critical analysis and personal response to the literary achievements of Homer and the religious, cultural and social values portrayed in the poems.
Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at a CAIE approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.
A Level Exams
There are four exams for the full A Level qualification. The length of each exam is as follows:
Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 3 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 4 – 1 hour 30 min
AS Level Exams
There are two exams for the AS Level qualification. The length of each exam is as follows:
Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 min
Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 min
For Cambridge International AS & A Level Classical Studies, learners can:
take Papers 1 and 2 only (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification) or
follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification) in one series, then Papers 3 and 4 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series or
take Papers 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.
On successful completion of all your exams for the A Level Classical Studies Online Course, you will be awarded one of the following qualifications:
International A Level in Classical Studies with CAIE | International AS Level in Classical Studies with CAIE
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Our Enrolment fee for this course is noted at the top of this page where you can enrol directly onto the course. This fee includes access to your course including tutor support for 2 years.
Our enrolment fee includes:
The only other fee you will need to pay is for your exams which is due approximately six months prior and this will be paid directly to the exam centre.
You can enrol online right now by Card or PayPal (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express). Alternatively, we also accept BACS transfer or we can send you a payment link.
Your A Level course will be online. You will access it via our online portal.
With our courses, we have learners from all over the world enrolled. Therefore, if we restricted your learning to certain times, not everyone would be available. All our courses are accessible 24/7 via our online secure portal. Any videos on your portal would be pre-recorded meaning you can work through your course at your own pace.
By opting for our International A Level, you can study the course from anywhere and exam centres are located all over the world. With our UK A Levels (AQA), you can study them from outside of the UK, however you would need to sit the actual exams for these within the UK.
You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.
The Guided learning hours for A Levels are as follows:-
AS Level: 180 hours
A Level: 360 hours
These figures are for guidance only. The number of hours needed to gain the qualification may vary depending on your previous experience of the subject.
Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams.
If you are referring to A Levels at college then yes!
You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the world in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else.
Provided you have completed enough work on the course within a reasonable amount of time, we will be able to provide a predicted grade / reference for university.
Please provide at least 3 months notice for this, otherwise this will incur a small fee.
We want exams to be as competitively priced for our learners as possible and therefore that is why we direct them to the examination centres rather than charge upfront fees.
Classical Studies is one of our most popular courses especially if you enjoy studying the classics and researching the ancient world of Greek and Roman cultures. Not surprisingly, the word ‘classics’ comes from the Latin word classicus, meaning ‘belonging to the highest class of citizens’.
It is still considered that the Roman Empire is most definitely one of the top influential civilisations ever known, with many of their inventions still forming part of our everyday lives, such as concrete. Many Roman buildings are still standing today, and you wonder if their mix of volcanic ash, lime and seawater are what has helped to keep their buildings structurally sound and able to last for centuries.