History: Ancient AS/A level

History: Ancient AS/A level

Ancient History is an exciting opportunity to study aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and to gain an understanding of how they have shaped our modern lives. Students will understand these societies by investigating the sources they left behind, whether in the form of writing, literature or art and design. Ancient History also teaches students to use their knowledge to test and challenge the ways in which the classical past has been interpreted by historians.

In the first year, students will study two topics: The relations between Greek and non-Greek states between 492 and 404 BC, and the Julio-Claudian Emperors 31 BC to AD 68. In the second year, the course focuses on the Politics and Culture of Athens c.460-399 BC along with Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43 to c.128.

Ancient History is part of the History and Politics department which is one of the largest departments in the College. Students are encouraged to extend their understanding beyond the classroom and this is supported by visits and trips within the UK and abroad. External speakers and lecturers also visit the department to deepen students’ understanding.

Additional
Grade 4 in GCSE English, plus grade 4 in History if taken; newcomers to the subject are welcomed.
Assessment
All by external examination
Progression
Ancient History is taken by students doing a wide range of other subjects, in both the Arts and Sciences. At this level, Ancient History can be a truly complementary subject, extending and balancing a programme of study drawn from any part of the College curriculum. Our students go on to a wide range of courses and careers. A considerable number will take a degree in the subject, or a related field, such as English, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Theology or Politics, where an A-Level in Ancient History is certainly an advantage. In addition to a wider angled view of many contemporary events and issues, those trained in Ancient History have developed skills of critical analysis and judgement; these are highly valued in many professions, including Law, Management, Finance, Journalism and Politics.