Minerva Learning Trust

Classical Civilisation

A Level OCR

This course focuses on the ancient Greeks and Romans. Together, these two civilisations have had an enormous influence on the development of European culture and continue to be relevant to the modern world in many surprising ways. Students will learn about Greek and Roman art, literature, politics, warfare and wider achievements.

Visits relevant to the course, such as theatre trips and study days, are made and students are expected to undertake a programme of wider research including reading and watching recommended television series and documentaries.


Paper 1 - 40% 

  • The World of the Hero 
  • Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid 

Paper 2 - 30% 

  • Greek Theatre 
  • Oedipus of Sophocles, the Bacchae of Euripides and the Frogs of Aristophanes 

Paper 3 - 30% 

  • Greek Religion 

Skills Developed and Career Prospects

Students develop the ability to express themselves clearly and fluently both orally and in writing, to critically analyse texts and visual arts, to empathise with others in different times and places and to work collaboratively. Students will learn to research independently, manage their time and organise their workload effectively. All of these are useful transferrable skills. 

Classical Civilisation is a highly respected subject when applying to higher education. Cambridge University will accept it as an alternative to History and a number of Russell Group institutions will accept it as an alternative to English Literature. 

Classical Civilisation combines well with many different subjects from Theatre and Film Studies, History and English Literature to Mathematics and Languages. Students who study Classical Civilisation progress to university to study degrees including: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Law and Archaeology.

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five Grade 9 - 4 at GCSE. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics


Grade 4 in a Classical OR Historical subject (if studied)