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Ancient History

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level Ancient History
Code 70544
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


This exciting course follows two learning pathways: Greek history and Roman history. Students will learn about both these ancient cultures and those who came into contact with them. They will investigate the literary and archaeological evidence to uncover the stories of these ancient peoples. Ancient history is a highly regarded subject that develops the thinking and organisational skills that employers value. Many of our students, having developed these skills, have gone on to attend top universities such as Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Our recent students have embarked on a diverse range of careers in areas such as the media, law, banking, architecture, telecommunications, writing, scientific research, and graphic design.


Greek History

In this side of the course students spend Year 12 investigating the main events of fifth-century Greece. During this fascinating and creative period new ideas in politics, philosophy and drama developed against a backdrop of war, betrayal and heroism. Students will build up an understanding of the culture and psychology of the Ancient Greeks through examining their actions towards each other and those they came into contact with. The century was a period of famous events: the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis – all against Persia; the earthquake and slave revolt in Sparta; and the twenty-seven year Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. In Year 13 students focus on one culture: the Spartans. The course examines the beliefs, values, organisation, politics and daily life of this intriguing and ruthless people. One of history’s most mysterious peoples, Spartan ideals have influenced many later cultures.

Roman History

In the Roman side of the course students spend Year 12 researching the reigns and policies of Rome’s early emperors. Often ruthless, sometimes mad, and always interesting, the Julio-Claudian Emperors were involved with some of the most famous stories in history: Augustus defeated Cleopatra and engineered a dictatorship of the sort he had claimed to be fighting against; Claudius successfully invaded Britain; and it was in the context of Nero’s reign and the fire of Rome that independent evidence mentions Christians. Students will investigate how each emperor, with varying degrees of success, sought to establish their authority as the Empire moved away from the more democratic republican system of the past. In Year 13 students focus on the Roman invasion of Britain: events on a local and national scale are examined to find out how the Romans gained control and evaluate the impact they had. Many famous events are studied including the Boudiccan Revolt, the foundation of York, and the decision to build Hadrian’s Wall.

How will it be delivered?

Y13: 2 x external examinations, 50% each

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade 9-4, preferably including grade 5 in GCSE English language or GCSE history. Students do not need to have taken GCSE history.

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