Classics Masterclasses

Classics students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have had a busy end of term with two trips out of College and a masterclass in College.

The first trip was to the University of Warwick for an event aimed at inspiring a new generation of students to learn Classics. It was spearheaded by Dr Michael Scott and was entitled ‘Frogs, Oracles and Emperors’. The workshop covered Greek and Roman theatre, coins and rituals and students “experienced” the workshop with virtual reality headsets that enabled them to walk around the Acropolis in Athens!

The second trip was down to London to see Professor AC Grayling (pictured above) at New College of the Humanities. Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies, Geography, History and Ancient History students took part in a masterclass in a History-related topic, discussed university applications and the value of Humanities with top university staff. They also spoke to current students who gave them a close insight into life at the New College of the Humanities. Students said that they would seriously consider New College of the Humanities for their UCAS application, especially with the one-to-one tutorial style learning and seminars. The 3-year degree also offers work related transferable skills through a diploma which runs alongside their degree.

Finally, in College, Professor Ken Dowden, a former Head of Classics at the University of Birmingham, visited to deliver a university-style lecture on Greek Religion to Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies and History students.

Gaynor Phillips, Humanities teacher at the College, commented:

“It’s been a great end to the year in the Humanities department. These exciting activities have really enthused students who are already passionate about Classics and Humanities and given them an insight into Higher Education study too.”

11 July 2018