Course Outline                

Higher Classical Studies is made up of three units:

  • Life in Classical Greece - Religion and Belief.  This will involve study of state and domestic religion, death and the afterlife, mystery religions, gender roles and philosophical attitudes to religion.
  • Classical Literature - which involves the study of one or more classical texts and the analysis of several themes (Leadership, Fate versus Free Will, Heroism, Conflict and Women in Society)
  • Life in the Roman World - Religion and Belief.  This will involve the study of state and domestic religion, death and the afterlife, mystery religions, Rome and Christianity, religious tolerance and philosophical attitudes to religion.

The main aims of this Course are to enable pupils to develop:

  • an understanding of the continuing impact and significance of the classical world today
  • a range of skills including:  analysing source of evidence, including archaeological evidence, to compare and contrast the classical and modern worlds; analysing and responding to issues raised by classical literature; evaluating the usefulness of sources of evidence;  and the ability to express detailed, reasoned and well-structured conclusions
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of religious, political, social, moral or cultural aspects of life in classical Greek and Roman societies
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of universal ideas, themes or values revealed in classical literature

Assessment

  • The course is assessed in two parts - a question paper and an assignment
  • The question paper will be marked out of 60.  It will be divided into three 20-mark sections and will last 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • The assignment is a chance for pupils to investigate and analyse a relevant topic.  It will be marked out of 30 and will be produced under exam conditions lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, once pupils have completed their research

Progression

  • Advanced Higher Classical Studies
  • Higher in another Social Subject
  • Further education courses such as Ancient History, Archaeology, Comparative Literary Studies, Classics and History
  • Employment based upon the skills developed within the course