This is an opportunity to study two fascinating periods of history: the Romans who did so much to shape our own country with towns, roads and culture, and the Greeks who have given so much to Western civilisation through their philosophy, democracy and the arts.
Unit 1: Greek History from original sources: Politics and Society of ancient Sparta
We will study the peculiar state of Sparta, whose soldiers were famed for their courage and skill in battle that resulted from their extraordinary upbringing and the unusual nature of their society. Spartan women too were considered highly unusual for their freedom and independence.
Unit 2: Roman History from original sources: Britain in the Roman Empire
We will study the invasions by Julius Caesar and Claudius, Boudicca’s Rebellion, the Roman conquest up to Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall. In addition to the expansion of Roman military rule we will look at Celtic societies and the increasing impact on them of the Roman civilisation and way of life.
Unit 3: Greek History: Conflict and Culture: Greece in conflict 460-403 BC
We study the struggle between Sparta and her main rival, Athens, for control and influence over other Greek states, culminating in the long war recorded by Thucydides, the finest of all ancient historians.
Unit 4: Roman History: The use and abuse of power: Ruling the Roman Empire AD 14-117
Having looked at the single province of Roman Britain we shall study the wider Roman Empire and how it was governed both by force and peaceful means. We also look at the attitudes of provincials to imperial rule.
Final examination (100%) – requires students to show a knowledge of ancient sources and archaeological evidence together with modern interpretations. Skills required are developed through practice questions, class discussions and small-group work aided by slides, videos and computer-based presentations .
Examining Board – OCR.
Special Entry Requirements
Career and Progression Opportunities
Past students have gained entry to a wide variety of university courses including Classical Studies, Archaeology, Ancient or Modern History, English and Law.
It is possible to study both History and Ancient History as separate A Level subjects. The subject can also be taken with Classical Civilisation.
This information is correct for September 2013 entry.