Classical Civilisation takes students on an odyssey

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016

AQA has launched its new draft specifications for AS and A-level Classical Civilisation. Students will discover literature and art from classical Greece and Rome, alongside learning about the societies and cultures of these ancient civilisations.

The refreshed courses will involve the study of classical texts of Homer, Cicero and Plato and Aristotle. Students will also be given the option to compare and contrast the lives of women in the ancient world, such as the Greek lyric poet Sappho, or they could choose to compare the contrasting biographies of Roman historians Suetonius and Tacitus.

AS and A-level Classical Civilisation develop students' skills in literary appreciation, critical thinking, artistic and architectural analysis and dissertation writing.

Subjects from the previous specification, including Homer's Odyssey or Iliad, and Greek Tragedy, are also back by popular demand.

Eoin MacGabhann, AQA Qualifications Developer, said:

"By looking at the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans and studying some of the most important texts and artefacts from the past, students will deepen their understanding of literature and culture. 

"They will develop their ability to interpret and think critically about ancient civilisations and therefore about the modern world around them."

AQA's AS and A-level Classical Civilisation specifications, which will be available to teach from September 2017, have been submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.