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A-Level Classical Civilisation Course – OCR

A-Level Classical Civilisation Courses are New and Updated to meet the new specification. 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.

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Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 14 topics of study in total as listed below.

TOPIC 1
  • Shapes and functions of different types of Greek vases
  • Historical development of Greek vase painting
  • Learn to recognise the features of the Geometric Style
  • Terminology for describing the parts of a vase
  • Impact of near-eastern design
TOPIC 2
  • Black-figure painting and techniques
  • Examples of vase painting
  • Development style and technique of Greek vase painting
TOPIC 3
  • The red-figure technique
  • Examples of vase painting
  • Development style and technique of Greek vase painting
TOPIC 4
  • The white ground vase painting technique
  • Three examples of vase painting
  • Developments in style and technique
TOPIC 5
  • The final examples of vase painting
  • Developments in style and technique of Greek vase painting
  • Comparing red-figure and black-figure vase painting
TOPIC 6
  • How free-standing sculpture was created
  • The origins of Greek sculpture
  • The use of colour by the artist
TOPIC 7
  • Four examples of early Greek kouroi
  • The portrayal of the physical form
  • The differences between the Greek and Egyptian approach to 3-D sculpture
TOPIC 8
  • Four examples of early korai
  • The portrayal of drapery on these statues
  • Compare korai and kouroi
TOPIC 9
  • Homer builds tension
  • Plot development
  • Similarities and differences
  • Odysseus and women
TOPIC 10
  • The theme of the supernatural
  • The themes of morality, justice and revenge
  • The nature of Odysseus’ character
  • The Underworld
TOPIC 11
  • Eurylochus
  • The deaths of the crew
  • Commentary
TOPIC 12
  • Consideration of the fantastic, mythical or supernatural.
  • The theme of truth and lies or storytelling
  • How classical texts can be interpreted by different authors
TOPIC 13
  • Aeneas and Latinus
  • Virgil and Homer
  • Juno
  • Turnus and Aeneas
  • Furore
  • The portrayal of the Trojans
  • The portrayal of the Carthaginians
  • The portrayal of the Greeks
  • The portrayal of the Italians
TOPIC 14
  • Thematic knowledge of the Aeneid and Odyssey
  • Plot knowledge of the Aeneid and Odyssey

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

Course Duration

This course comes with 24 months of support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 360 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 700 Hours

Assessment

To achieve the full Classical Civilisation A-Level you will be assessed across the 14 topics. All themes will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations.

Paper: The World of The Hero (H408/11)
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Assessed: In-depth study one of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid (The study of classical texts)

Paper: Culture and the Arts (H408/24)
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Assessed: Greek Art (The study of material and visual culture

Paper: Beliefs and Ideas (H408/31)
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Assessed: Greek Religion (The study of texts and visual/material culture)

Examination Fees

As a private candidate, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of the area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official OCR approved examination centres here 

The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (8 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 days cooling off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

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Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

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