We offer two routes into the Classical world. The first is through Latin, starting in Year 7 and continuing until GCSE, the second through Classical Civilisation A Level in the Sixth Form.
Classical Civilisation is the study of Greek and Roman culture rather than language, it encourages thinking about what motivates humans in a wider sense. So whilst Latin language is one of the doorways into ancient culture it isn’t the only one. It is the culture of Greece and Rome that still exerts great influence over modern Britain as much as the language. Roman and Greek literature forms the basis for English literature, so if you’ve read or watched the Hunger Games you’ll be able to see greater depth if you understand the Classical references.
Classical Civilisation at Key Stage 5 (OCR)
Students begin (or restart, if they took Latin GCSE – not an entry requirement) their Classical journey with the archetype tale of a journey – Homer’s Odyssey which forms half of their core module investigating what it meant to be a Hero in the ancient Mediterranean. Virgil’s Aeneid shifts our attention from Greece to Rome in Year 13, one of the world’s greatest works of propaganda or something more complex? Ancient Athenian culture, often cited as the birth of democracy, is studied through the morals of the stories it told itself (and visitors) in its theatre. We try to answer the question 'what is love?' in the Year 13 philosophy and poetry module.
We offer a variety of enrichment activities for our students, ranging from those that enhance the school experience in a personal and general sense such as residential tours of ancient sites to more exam focused lecture days and guest speakers. But be it an (unintentionally humorous) theatre trip or an independent museum visit, the aim is that it will enrich the student experience in more than just one direction (an insight into university life or thinking outside the box when researching a debate topic respectively).
Career and future pathways
Students of the Ancient World develop many important transferrable skills, including an eye for detail and the ability to present logical arguments following the analysis of a range of evidence making them appealing candidates for many career paths. A quick Google search of what career paths are available to Classics graduate reveals anything from food PR to chartered accountant and we’ve had students go on to take as diverse university degrees as Fine Art to BioMed (with classical subjects in between!).