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You will have to find a testing centre in your area to check on the cut off dates for coursework or use our centres in Birmingham, Bristol or Harrogate who will be more than happy to help you. See below for further information
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Neither are our courses on-line so you can study wherever you are such as on a train without the need for computer access.
A LEVEL – CLASSICAL CIVILISATION Exam Format
A Level Classical Civilisation consists of 4 units in total:
AS Level = 2 units
A2 Level = 2 units
The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatics, epigraphy, archaeology, art, architecture and philosophy.
Classical civilisation is the term applied to the civilisations of Greece and Rome.
In terms of a time scale, Classical Greece is usually considered to be the 5th and 4th centuries, specifically the period between the end of the Persian Wars to the death of Alexander the Great: 479-323 BC. The Roman period is more difficult to pin down to specific dates.
Most universities will start with the beginnings of Roman expansion into Italy in the early 5th century and run to Alaric's sack of Rome in 410 AD.
This course is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and is designed to develop an interest and understanding of Classical Civilisation.
Read on to find out more about our A Level Classical Civilisation distance learning course and how you can learn with our amazing materials and online support.
The Aims of the Course
Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world.
Acquire, through a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilization.
Develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times.
Develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level.
Make an informed, personal response to the material studied.
Classification Code: H041
Unit 1: Homer's Odyssey and Society
Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its Context
Each unit is examined separately in a separate exam. This makes it easier for you, the candidate, to focus your revision on each unit in turn, rather than having to revise both together. The examination is 90 minutes long and has 100 marks available.
The examinations for Units 1 and 2 are equally weighted.
The examination has two sections: A and B. Section A is worth 55 marks and is a commentary question.
In section A, candidates are required to answer one commentary questionselected from a choice of two.
Candidates answer three sub-questions set. Section B is worth 45 marks and is an essay.
In section B, candidates are required to answer one essay question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is provided for the candidate for each essay question.
Candidates therefore answer two questions in total.
Classification Code: H441
Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
Unit 4: Virgil and the World of the Hero
As with the AS, each unit is examined separately, at a different examination. The A2 Units are subtitled 'synoptic'. Only examinations for A2 are 'synoptic'. The structure of the examination, in which you are asked to draw your own links and comparisons between texts or materials, gives them that status. The examination is 120 minutes long and has 100 marks available.
The examinations for Units 3 and 4 are equally weighted.
The examination has two sections: A and B. Section A is worth 50 marks and is a commentary question.
In section A candidates are required to answer one commentary questionselected from a choice of two.
Candidates answer the two commentary sub-questions set. Section B is worth 50 marks and is an essay.
In section B, candidates are required to answer one essay from a choice of two.
Candidates therefore answer two questions in total.
How to Study
It is recommended that student read the study guide, it contains some useful information some of which you will already know, but other details you may not. The importance of note-making has already been stressed in the study guide.
There are many methods you can apply to making notes; none of which is necessarily any better than any other. The actual method you choose depends very much upon yourself and which method suits your style of study. You must remember that some styles of note-making which are more suited to some types of data than others.
Thematic notes may be suites to a diagrammatic form of note making. Bullet points are a useful technique to condense material and highlight the salient points. However you choose to make your notes (and you really should make some), you must do so methodically and regularly; if you get behind you will find it far more difficult to catch up later.
It is the intention of the author and of this A-Level to provide you with a solid foundation upon which you will be able to build by further study.
Hopefully you will enjoy all of the subjects covered in the A-Level course, and will find some of them of enough interest that you would like to pursue them further, whether at tertiary level or in your own independent learning.
Some thoughts on how you can continue beyond the course are:
Many local museums have excellent classical exhibitions. Often, local museums contain archaeological information or artefacts about the history of the area in which you live. The museums in London house artefacts are of national importance, and are certainly worth a visit. In particular, the British Museum is a treasure house of Greek and Roman art and architecture, as well as housing the more everyday objects uncovered by archaeological excavation.
There are the numerous Roman sites outside of London, including the World Heritage Sites of Hadrian's Wall and its many forts.
As you can imagine, there is a substantial amount of information available on the internet for the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome.
The Classical Association website is certainly worth visiting:
There is also an umbrella organisation called 'JACT' (Joint Association of Classical Teachers) which serves to provide a voice for Classics Teachers, though they are happy to accept non-teachers (i.e. students) as members. Both groups produce a magazine of general interest as part of the subscription rates. They are also a first port of call for information on many different kinds of Classics-related events, such as workshops, day events, conferences and talks.
Finally, the Perseus Project, is strongly recommended. The aim of this project is to make accessible ancient source material in both the original language as well as a parallel English translation. Not every ancient writer is represented, but it is certainly worth investigating.
Despite modern technology, the best sources are books written by recognised academics, often primarily focussed at undergraduates and those simply interested in the subject. These are quite simply invaluable in learning the subject.
Recommended hours of study
It is recommended that students allocate 150 hours to study fully for the AS in Classical Civilisation. Given that the Odyssey unit comprises half of the AS, you should expect to spend approximately 75 hours study time on it (including revision time).
It is recommended that students allocate around 180 hours to study fully for the A2 in Classical Civilisation. Since the Art and Architecture in the Greek World paper makes up exactly half of the A2, you should expect to spend around 90 hours preparing yourself for this exam in particular. This includes reading and revision time.
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
As a student of UK Open Learning you will have access to tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course to ensure you are ready for your examinations.
UK Open Learning will provide you with a list of examination centres but it is entirely your responsibility to find a centre which will accept you as an external candidate.
In some cases you should be prepared to travel to another town or city to take your exams.
UK Open Learning provides expertise support and advice for students in their studies through their comprehensive course packs and tutoring system. However, we do stress that it is the student’s responsibility to find a centre to register and take their exams with. We are aware that sometimes this is difficult or even impossible to arrange.
Now we have come to an arrangement with centres in Birmingham, Bristol and Harrogate so please contact them directly for fees and a timetable.
We realise this may still involve a good deal of travelling for some students but the long-term benefits of being able to gain A Levels far outweigh the short-term expense and inconvenience.
English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Tel: 0117 9109931
London Brookes College
40/42 The Burroughs
Tel: 020 8202 2007
Rastrick Independent School
Tel: 0148 440 0344
Please visit AQA for exam information.
Basic English reading and writing skills are required.
AS + A2 = A level in Classical Civilisation. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
Language of Examination
Units are provided in English only.
Q. Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
A. yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.
Q. Why do I have to find a centre myself?
A. We have students all over the UK and Europe and it is impossible for us to arrange dates and times for individual students.
Q. What if I cannot find an examination centre in my home town?
A. If you wish to gain the qualification then be prepared to travel it is worth it!
Q. How much are exam fees?
A. These vary from centre to centre so please check with your local centre.
Q. Are the courses paper based or on-line?
A. All our courses are paper based and come in attractive sturdy folders.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. Tutors are all working Teachers or Lecturers so contact is by email only.
Q. Why can I not take my exams when I have completed the course and why do I have to wait?
A. Exams are taken at the same times as schools and colleges and are not flexible.
Q. I want to take my exams but there are only a few months to study, is this possible?
A. Depending on the time of year, it is sometimes impossible to complete your studies in a short space of time as your work has to be marked and checked. More importantly the examination boards have cut off times which are not flexible. See our web site for further information.
Q. Will I receive UCAS points on completion of this course?
A. Yes all of our A Levels carry UCAS points. The number of points awarded will depend on the grade you achieve.