Ancient History (Classical Civilisation) – A Level

A Level
Exam Based
Exam Board: AQA


Ancient History focuses on the history of Ancient Greece and Rome with half of the course dedicated to each culture. You will begin your studies with an overview of the Greek city states in the fifth century BC; starting with the reasons for the war with the Persian Empire and then looking at how the Greek city states ended up at war with each other later in the century. The second unit turns to Imperial Rome and focuses on the Julio-Claudian Emperors, and the struggle of a family to rule Rome. From the first emperor Augustus and his success in creating an empire, followed by the stern Tiberius, and the supposed fool Claudius, to the mad and dangerous to know Caligula and Nero, these are some of the most interesting characters to govern Rome. The second year of the course consists of depth studies on the Flavian emperors who had to pick up the pieces after Nero's destructive rule after winning a civil war, and an overview of the history of Sparta, Greece's most militarised culture. You will discover how the Spartans governed themselves, their liberal views on the place of women in society, as well as their relations with their slave population. The main difference between History A Level and Ancient History A Level is that in this course you will study the history through reading ancient source material from the time period; therefore you will study the Greeks as viewed by writers such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Plutarch, and Rome according to Suetonius and Tacitus, amongst others. You can take both History and Ancient History A Levels as part of your courses at King Edward’s College.
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) Must have English Language 4 plus English Literature or History B.
Two Years
There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips. During the course students may have the opportunity to attend a study trip to Athens. There may also be visits to the British Museum and visiting speakers from university departments.  A £5 charge is made for consumable materials.
An A Level in Ancient History will be accepted for entry onto a wide range of courses. There you can choose to specialise in the classics, or to use your classical grounding as the foundation for subjects like history, archaeology and anthropology. In addition to Ancient History courses, previous students have gone on to study a wide range of courses including History, Archaeology, War Studies, Law, and English Literature.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are History, English Literature, Philosophy - in fact it can complement a wide range of other courses. To be successful in this course students should feel relatively confident in their ability to read, assimilate new information, and complete extended pieces of writing.

Michelle Wohlschlegel

Michelle Thick - Teacher of History

What are your qualifications? BA (Hons) Music and History, Keele University, MA Public History, (History and Archaeology) Appalachian State University, USA. MA Interpretive Studies, Leicester University, PhD (ABD) History, (Specialism in Tudor-Stuart Britain and Colonial America) University of Western Ontario, Canada. PGCE, Exeter University. MA Education, (Teaching and Learning) Edge Hill University

Teaching experience? Experienced teacher of A Level History, Classical Civilisation/ Ancient History and Critical Thinking

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

A Level and GCSE examiner for History, Ancient History and Critical Thinking, previous teaching in North America and Hungary

What are your hobbies/interests? Music, travelling, theatre, archaeology, reading and watching crime fiction