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A Level

Course Overview

This subject provides an enthralling combination of literature and ancient history.

This fascinating subject involves following the adventures of the hero , Odysseus as he makes his perilous way home after the Trojan war encountering malevolent monsters and vengeful gods along the way.

We explore the reign of Rome’s first emperor , Augustus and the political spin he employed to ensure he remained in power after a turbulent period of civil war.

The second year involves the study of Virgil’s epic Aeneid which celebrates Rome through its mythical origins plus a unit on Greek religion.

Course Topics

  • Greek Religion
  • Homer’s Odyssey and Society
  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Imperial Image – Emperor Augustus

Course Features

Academically challenging but fun

Culturally enriching

Improves communication and literacy skills

Hones independent study skills and team work

Lots of opportunities for discussion and debate

Opportunities for excursions to sites and museums.


I wanted to study Classical Civilisation, and Sixth Form College was the only local college to offer this course at A Level. This subject complements my other studies and will help me with my progression. I am so happy that I decided to choose this college!

Grace Brown

Previously: Painley Catholic School
Studying: A Level English Literature, Classical Civilisation & Philosophy



  • Exam: 100%
  • Awarding Body: OCR


  • Pass Rate – 100%
  • High Grades (A*-B) – 64%

Where Courses Become Careers

Classical Civilisation is highly valued by Universities as it is a challenging, academically rigorous subject and the subject also fosters skills which are valued by employers. Classicists can be found in a range of fields – not just teaching and museum/library work. Other areas include law, administration, the media, industry and politics.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

The academic rigour of the course calls for resilience and determination to succeed. The learning activities foster teamwork and hone debating skills and development of confidence. Independent learning tasks build up skills in organisation and meeting deadlines. The subject matter encourages a celebration of cultural diversity.


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