Classical Civilisations

What is Classical Civilisation?

Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and is a wide ranging subject involving the study of the history of the ancient world, the life of the people, the study of artefacts and archaeological sites. All you need is an interest in the Ancient World and its cultures. From women in the Ancient World, to the study of religious beliefs and ancient ideas about war, Classical Civilisation involves interesting discussions about things that are still important today:

… men grappled with exactly the same issues that we do: life, death, gods, sex, love, family, children, education, the nature of the world, our origins and development, the past, money, health, status, other cultures, friendship, power, patriotism, politics, law, crime, justice, empire, war.

Peter Jones, advisor to Classics For All, ‘Taking the Long View’

Something different

One of the best things about Classical Civilisation is how many different things there are to study. If you enjoy subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology, then Classical Civilisation lets you do a bit of everything whilst studying two of the most important civilisations of the Western world. Also, who wouldn’t want to know…

  • What Romans did in the bath?
  • How to insult your ex like a Roman?
  • What the Romans did with the sacred chickens?
  • How rude the Greeks were about their politicians?
  • What it was like to spend a day at the colosseum?
  • What were the 12 labours of Hercules?
  • What was it like to be a slave in Rome?
  • What was life like in Pompeii?
  • What the ancient Olympics were like?

Our course consists of two units

Gods, myths and monsters….

Both the Greeks and Romans worshipped the 12 Olympian gods, With Zeus(Jupiter) at the head of this family of gods.


Study some of the great myths of the ancient world, such as Hercules.

Temples, festivals and sacrifices

The gods expected sacrifices, learn about the rituals performed to keep the gods happy.

Unit 2 Life in Ancient Rome

Study how the Romans lived taking examples from Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Roman Housing

Study where the Romans lived. From grand villas to blocks of apartments similar to those many people live in today.

The Roman Family

Slaves were considered to be part of the Roman family, learn what life was like for a slave. Many slaves were able to win their freedom and become Roman citizens.

Entertainment and Leisure

The Romans provided free entertainment for their people in order to control them.  The Colosseum and the baths were just two ways the Roman state kept its people happy.

Is it any use?

Classical Civilisation is just as useful as other humanities subjects like History, Geography and Religious Studies. Subjects like this give you really good skills such as essay writing and source analysis, and teach you how to structure a good argument. They show you are good at thinking and evaluating, and also that you have an interest in people and cultures. If you are planning to go on to sixth form then Classical Civilisation GCSE is great preparation for A Levels in a wide variety of subjects, from History, English to Politics. It is counted alongside your other humanities choices when sixth forms are looking at your application. If you want to go on to do vocational courses at sixth form, or go straight into the working world after your GCSEs, Classical Civilisation gives you a really wide range of knowledge and skills that you can use. Employers will be able to see that you are someone with broad interests who can communicate their ideas well.


You will study two exams each of which last one hour thirty minutes, one on each topic.

For Further information see Mr Fellows or Mrs Shields.

For further details see the OCR syllabus: