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A' Level Classical Civilisation (Full AS/A2)

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Length: 2 years
Location: Distance

A' Level Classical Civilisation (Full AS/A2)

eDistance Learning

A' Level Classical Civilisation (Full AS/A2)

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A' Level in Classical Civilisation. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level Classical Civilisation is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level Classical Civilisation exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A' Level Classical Civilisation course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to study the AS and A2 Classical Civilisation A-level course as specified by OCR. The study of Classical Civilisation is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics.

In this course, you will learn about some of the fascinating features of classical civilisation and how they have contributed to the world we live in today. Through the study of classical sources, you will learn about the society and values of the classical societies of ancient Greece and Rome.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The A-level builds on the course content of the Classical Civilisation GCSE, but it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking the A-level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literary and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE, though full tutor support is given throughout. Basic English reading and writing skills are required.

This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Classical Civilisation and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:

OCR GCE A Level Classical Civilisation

Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

Specification:Examination Board: OCRExamination Codes: OCR (AS) H041 and OCR (A2) H441

Training Course Content

The A' Level Classical Civilisation is divided into four comprehensive modules:

AS Level
Unit 1: Homer’s Odyssey and Society (F382)
Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey and the values and societies it represents. The principal focus of the unit is on literature, with secondary focus on history and archaeology. The examination questions will be set on Odyssey Books 4-12 and 18-22.

The social and cultural context: The themes to be studied and on which candidates shall be examined are: the role of the gods and the power of fate; the stories of the heroes; the concept of heroism including timé and kleos; morality including justice and revenge; life and society as portrayed by Homer; the role of women; hospitality and xenia; the role of slaves and the historical and archaeological background.

The literary context: Furthermore, candidates are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of: the oral tradition; textual transmission of the texts; the preliterate form of the texts and theories of the composition of the text; structure of the text and literary techniques; the language of epic; characterisation; supernatural elements; realism and fantasy; disguise and recognition and nostos.

AS Level
Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its Context (F384)
The tragic plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides as literary works and as social documents for the societies and values they represent. The principal focus of this unit is on literature, society and values, with a secondary focus on philosophy, religion and history. From June 2009-2011 inclusive, the examination questions will be set on: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon; Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Euripides’ Medea and Bacchae.

The social and cultural context: Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and show understanding of the following in fifth century Athens: dramatic festivals; the role of the gods and fate; oracles, omens and prophecies; morality including justice and revenge; death and burial; the stories of the heroes and the ideas of honour and reputation; the role of men in the life of the city; the position of women in society and the importance of children and the family.

The literary context: Furthermore, candidates are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of: the theatre building and machinery; the use of actors; the use of the chorus; other dramatic conventions; attitude towards the portrayal of death and violence; characterisation; use of language and dramatic irony; the nature of tragedy including hamartia, katharsis and peripeteia and the particular styles and approaches characteristic of the three tragedians and their contribution to the development of the genre of Greek tragedy.

A2 Level
Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek world (F388)
The sculpture, architecture and vase painting of the classical Greek world with a principal focus on art, architecture and religion. The secondary focus is on society and values. Candidates must be familiar with a range of free-standing sculpture, temple architecture, vase paintings and architectural sculpture.

A2 Level
Unit 4: Virgil and the World of the Hero (F390)
Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid and the values and societies it represents, with a principal focus on literature, society and values, and a secondary focus on religion, politics and history. The similarities and differences between Virgil’s portrayal of the hero and that found in selected parts of Homer’s Iliad.

The political, social, historical and cultural context: Candidates are expected to show their knowledge and understanding of: Virgil’s relationship to the regime of Augustus and the political and historical background in which the Aeneid was written.

The literary context: Furthermore, candidates are expected to show knowledge and understanding of: the composition of both epics; the plot; narrative and descriptive techniques; characterisation and themes including heroism, honour and reputation, family, women, the role of the gods, the power of fate, the portrayal of war, moral values and the role of Aeneas in imperial history of Rome."


The enrolment fee for the A' Level Classical Civilisation (Full AS/A2) course is £393,75(incl. VAT), though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £315,0(incl. VAT) which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

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Neil   |   28/04/2015   |   eDistance Learning
The learning materials are in-depth and provide an excellent level of insight into thematic connections, historical information and detail of the studied material which is clear and easy to follow; this is vital for full understanding of the texts and pieces of art in their cultural meaning as well as understanding their construction. The Assign...
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Jan   |   28/04/2015   |   eDistance Learning
My course was highly enjoyable and covered the requirements of the Unit syllabus with an excellent level of depth in a clear and easy to follow structure. The materials built knowledge on Greek themes, literature, drama and the study of art/architecture in an enjoyable manner that prepared for the exams at a high standard. The Tutor support I re...
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