A Level Classical Civilisation

The Sixth Form runs a Classics Club for Year 7, enabling girls to meet other keen classicists."

Why should I study Classical Civilisation?

This course offers variety in terms of both the material studied and the skills you will develop during the two years. The study of Classical Civilisation allows candidates a precious insight into some major aspects of the two great cultures on which Western European civilisation is founded. It is the perfect complement to the study of English, Art or History but girls often choose this as a balance to their study of Sciences or Maths too.

What will I need to study Classical Civilisation?

A GCSE in Classical Civilisation is not essential for this course. Many girls begin the subject at A Level and succeed in gaining high grades, even continuing their classical studies at university.

Structure and Outline of the course:

Epic poetry is at the heart of the course with poems by Homer and Virgil studied in translation; other literary works set include Tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides. Discussion and written work will focus on a range of themes from these ancient authors, including revenge, justice and the role of the gods, fate and the treatment of women. There is also an opportunity to explore a range of classical art and architecture and the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. You will learn and hone a wide range of skills from literary analysis to the appreciation of visual art forms and have the chance to learn about the cultural context to some of the world’s most famous and influential works of literature.

Method of Assessment:

All assessment is through written examinations at the end of Year 13.

Student Comments:

“As a student of English and Drama, I have found Greek Tragedy both moving and inspiring; these plays are surely some of the greatest ever written”

“This subject is so diverse: history, literature and art. I love the literature in particular, and now I want to go on with it at university”


Summer Courses and the GDST Pearson and Silver Award

Each year pupils studying classical subjects at Putney go on to attend a range of summer schools in subjects such as Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Latin and Greek. The GDST recognises the value of these courses in supporting girls’ sixth form studies and in preparing them for further study at university. The Trust therefore offers generous Pearson and Silver Awards annually to pupils in Years 12 and 13 to assist with the cost of attending meetings or courses or carrying out projects with a classical content. Applications are made in March each year. For further information visit www.jact.org/summer-schools

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