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St Peter's
Catholic School

Classics

Mr E Martin 

Classics Co-ordinator

THE TEAM
Dr K Karavida Teacher of Classics
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT

Classics is the analysis and study of the ancient world, covering key individuals, culture, literature and history. Western civilisation traces its history to the Romans and Ancient Greeks, with many of the texts from that period forming the fundamental basis of our cultural canon.

The Classics Department aims to ground students in some of these major works, teaching them to critically assess and evaluate these sources to a sophisticated degree.  We are fortunate to enjoy highly qualified and experienced staff to provide learners with the best possible experience.

WHY STUDY CLASSICS?

The texts and histories of the Classical era have been instrumental in the development of the modern world.

The Classics A Level is a rewarding and stimulating course that provides new insight into the foundational  texts of the western canon.

FUTURE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PATHWAYS

The rich and varied lessons will encourage candidates to develop the critical and evaluative skills which will enable them to go on to Higher Education to study a range of courses.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be studying the AQA syllabus.

Component 1: The World of the Hero

 A study of Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid

Component 2: Culture and the Arts: The Invention of the Barbarian

A study of an aspect of the cultural life of the ancient world

Component 3: Beliefs and Ideas: Politics of the Late Republic

A study of an aspect of classical thought.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is through three terminal exams:

The World of the Hero (40%)

Culture and the Arts (30%)

Beliefs and Ideas (30%)

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

External lecture sessions provided by leading subject experts in the field.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum of grade 5 in both GCSE English Literature and English Language. A good GCSE grade in History is useful but not required.