A Level Classical Civilisation

Course codes: OSC1282 / OSC1302
Official A Level, worth up to 56 UCAS points

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  • Official OCR Classical Civilisation A Level
  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
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Course overview

A Level Classical Civilisation gives you an extraordinary insight into some of the worlds oldest and engaging literature and arts.

Delve into the interesting Greek and Roman world and ancient civilisations and understand some influences that still remain today.

Explore greek theatre and tragedies, understand the literature and learn about greek art.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level. If you add on your exams, when you are ready, we will book the exams for you so you can focus on your studies. 

This course can be completed without taking the A Level exam.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

A Level in Classical Civilisation (you must take the A Level exam to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

3 paper-based exams.

Course content

Qualification Code: H408

  • 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
  • Black-figure painting and techniques
  • Examples of vase painting
  • Development style and technique of Greek vase painting
  • The red-figure technique
  • Examples of vase painting
  • Development style and technique of Greek vase painting
  • The white ground vase painting technique
  • Three examples of vase painting
  • Developments in style and technique
  • The final examples of vase painting
  • Developments in style and technique of Greek vase painting
  • Comparing red-figure and black-figure vase painting
  • How free-standing sculpture was created
  • The origins of Greek sculpture
  • The use of colour by the artist
  • Four examples of early Greek kouroi
  • The portrayal of the physical form
  • The differences between the Greek and Egyptian approach to 3-D sculpture
  • Four examples of early korai
  • The portrayal of drapery on these statues
  • Compare korai and kouroi
  • Homer builds tension
  • Plot development
  • Similarities and differences
  • Odysseus and women
  • The theme of the supernatural
  • The themes of morality, justice and revenge
  • The nature of Odysseus’ character
  • The Underworld
  • Eurylochus
  • The deaths of the crew
  • Commentary
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thematic knowledge of the Aeneid and Odyssey
  • Plot knowledge of the Aeneid and Odyssey
Extra info

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.

Course Duration

You have 2 years to complete this course. If you add on the exams, the examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham or Macclesfield; 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 the exams you will receive an A Level in Classical Civilisation issued by the OCR Awarding body.

Thinking of Going to University?

Open Study College are proud to partner with QA Higher Education, providing students with the unique opportunity to progress into higher education. This partnership aims to support our students in finding and securing a university place at one of QA Higher Education’s conveniently located teaching centres across the UK.

Exam details

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)
Q&As

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.

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

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • Examination fees
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College study pack

* Not included with the online study option

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.

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

Please note: If you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, London or Macclesfield examination centre.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately.

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.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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