A-Level Classical Civilisation
- Course code: OSC1183
- Delivery method: Online or Paper
- Course duration: 12 Months
- OCR Course Code: H041/H441
- Exam Fees are not included
Please note: This is a fast-track course.
The final time to sit exams for this course is May/June 2018.
Entry requirements: You do not require any previous knowledge; however, it is recommended that you hold a reasonable GCSE or O Level grades in civilisation or a related subject.
This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:
- develop critical and evaluative skills
- offer a meaningful foundation for the study of classical culture beyond A-level
UNIT 1 (F382): HOMER’S ODYSSEY AND SOCIETY
- Oral tradition
- Structure of the epic
- Narrative techniques, including flashback, retardation, episodes
- Supernatural elements
- Realism and fantasy
- The roles of the gods and power of fate
- Moral concepts of heroism
UNIT 2 (F384): GREEK TRAGEDY IN ITS CONTEXT
- Use of actors
- Portrayal of violence and death
- Dramatic irony
- Dramatic festivals
- Death and burial
- The position of women in society
- The importance of children and the family
UNIT 3 (F388): ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE GREEK WORLD
- Free-standing sculptures
- Architectural sculptures
- Temple architecture
UNIT 4 (F390): VIRGIL AND THE WORLD OF THE HERO
- Knowledge and themes
- Supporting arguments
We recommend the following text books to help you with your studies, however, they are not essential for completion of the course:
- J. Boardman, J. Griffin, & O. Murray, Oxford History of the Classical World
- ch.2 (Oxford 1986) ISBN 0198721129
- H. W. Clarke, The Art of Odyssey (Bristol1989) ISBN 1853990523
Method of Study
Method of Assessment
The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).
Exams are taken at a registered exam centre, and we can provide an extensive list of centres for you.
The last exams for this course are in June 2018.