Classical Civilisation (4020)

The GCSE Classical Civilisation specification has been designed for students who wish to gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the classical world.

It is suitable for students of all abilities regardless of whether they have any prior learning in classical subjects.

The specification offers:

  • a modern approach to the study of Classical Civilisation
  • a wide choice of topics in the areas of archaeology, art and architecture, history and literature
  • a choice of concentrating on Greek or Roman topics - or combining the two
  • a choice of concentrating on literary or civilisation topics - or combining the two.

The assessment is by a combination of written examinations and controlled assessment. The controlled assessment is internally marked and externally moderated.

A reminder about the new format higher tier papers for GCSE Classical Civilisation papers.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs. Short courses are no longer included in performance table headline measures.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Classical Civilisation
Specification code 4020
Certification code 4022
QAN codes 50043961

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