About this course

Classical civilisation A level online course overview

In this syllabus, classical civilisation is defined as the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome in the classical period. All sources are studied in English and no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required. The OCR classical civilisation A level aims to provide candidates with a broad, coherent and rewarding study of the literature and culture of the classical world. The study of classical civilisations is valuable because:

  • They form the basis for the western traditions of art, literature, philosophy, political thought and science which have shaped the modern world.
  • Greek and Roman works of art, literature, philosophy, etc., have an intrinsic interest and quality and represent some of the highest achievements of humankind. Their study is relevant to many issues of contemporary society.
  • The multi-disciplinary nature of classical civilisation, which combines different areas of study such as literature, history of art, history, science and others, leads to a greater understanding of the relationship between different intellectual disciplines and encourages students to make connections between them.

Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied classical civilisation previously. It is recommended that candidates beginning this course have previously completed an IGCSE or equivalent in English language.

A level classical civilisation provides a suitable foundation for the study of classical studies or related courses in higher education. Equally, it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in archaeology, arts and humanities, or as part of a course of general education.

In the October of year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform King’s InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October.

King’s InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here

Access arrangements

Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:

  • Extra time of 25%*
  • Extra time up to 50%*
  • A reader*
  • A scribe*
  • Supervised rest breaks
  • Separate room
  • Use of a laptop
  • Enlarged print exam papers

*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an educational psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process.

The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.

There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.

However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.

Key information
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A Level
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Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)
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2 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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All exams will be supervised and sat at an examination hall local to you
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Pupils can choose A level classical civilisation and add other A levels for an added fee per subject, per year. Find out more.
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Classical Civilisation A Level online can still be taken by students outside of the UK. However, as the subject has UK based exams, students will need to travel to the UK to sit them.
About our fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.

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