1Course Overview

A Level Classical Civilisation inc Exams

Course code: OSC1302

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  • Official OCR Classical Civilisation A Level
  • Full course materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees included - we'll book your exams for you when you're ready!

Study A Level Classical Civilisation from the comfort of your own home - without the stress of booking exams!

As well as your A Level course materials and tutor support, this course includes the examination fees needed to successfully gain your A Level Classical Civilisation qualification and those all-important UCAS points.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared.

When you are ready, we will book the exams for you so you can focus on your studies - a convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

Find out how A Level student, Christian, has found studying his A Level with us

 

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2Course Content

Qualification Code: H408

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 story telling
  • How classical texts can be interpreted by different authors
Topic 13
  • Aeneas and Latinus
  • Virgil and Homer
  • Juno
  • Turnus and Aeneas
  • Furor
  • 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
3Other Information
Exams and 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 exams. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper: The World of The Hero (H408/11)
  • Type: Written Paper
  • Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Weighing: 40% of total 
  • Total Marks: 100 Marks
  • 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)
  • Type: Written Paper
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of total 
  • Total Marks: 75 Marks
  • Assessed: Greek Art (The study of material and visual culture)

 

  • Paper: Beliefs and Ideas (H408/31)
  • Type: Written Paper
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of total 
  • Total Marks: 75 Marks
  • Assessed: Greek Religion (The study of texts and visual/material culture)
Course Duration

You have 2 years to complete this course. The examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available. 

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Classical Civilisation by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email - you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A Level in Classical Civilisation issued by the OCR Awarding body.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

No previous qualifications are needed to enrol onto this course, so you can start at any time.

What’s included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE TOTUM student discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • Examination fees
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College study pack

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Is there a required reading list?

You will need to own your own copies of the following texts:

  • Homer, Odyssey tr. E V Rieu, revised tr. D C H Rieu (Penguin 2003) ISBN: 9780140449112
  • Virgil, Aeneid tr. D West (Penguin 2003) ISBN-10: 0140449329

You will also need the following texts for your study of Greek Art and Architecture:

  • R. A. Tomlinson, Greek Architecture (Bristol 2001)
  • S. Woodford, An Introduction to Greek Art (London 2007)
  • R Jenkyns, Classical Epic: Homer and Virgil (Bristol 1992)

These books can be found at all good book stores.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. T

Please note: you will need to sit these exams in the Birmingham examination centre.

Are there any additional costs?

No, all costs are included within the price!

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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