History (Classics: Ancient History) AS and A Level
A minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade C or above including 2 at grade B.
What will I study?
History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.
You have a choice of three different history courses focusing on either:
Modern History (Europe in the 20th century, Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries)
Early Modern History (Britain and Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries) or
Classics: Ancient History (Classical Greece and Imperial Rome).
Classics: Ancient History (OCR)
Ancient History is now under the title of Classics; however you will be getting an AS/A Level in Classics: Ancient History and it is a recognised qualification. It can be taken alongside either Modern or Early Modern History.
There are two modules in AS, both equally weighted at 50 per cent. At AS and A Level you will study a module of Greek history and a module of Roman history.
Year 1: AS Level
Unit 1: Politics and Society of Ancient Sparta:
The social structure of Sparta
The political structure of Sparta
Education and its values in Sparta, and the roles of men and women
Sparta and the Peloponnese 480-404 BC
Views of Sparta from other states
The Spartan Mirage and the Myth of Lycurgus.
Unit 2: Augustus and the Principate
Actium and the aftermath of the civil war
The Constitutional Settlements of 28/7 BC and 23 BC and the powers and roles adopted by Augustus or given to others
The role of the emperor's family, friends and supporters
The opposition to the emperor and it's presentation in the sources
Augustus' relationship to the senate, soldiers, plebs and provincials.
Year 2: A Level
Unit 3: The Culture of Athens 449-399 BC
Unit 4: The Fall of the Roman Republic 81-31 BC.
Unit 1 - An examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes
Unit 2 - As Unit 1.
Unit 3 - An examination of 2 hours
Unit 4 - As Unit 3.
What can I do next?
You should consider studying AS and A Level History if you intend to:
Take a degree in history or a closely related subject such as politics.
Follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as law).
Study it as your fourth A Level as this subject will provide an interesting and stimulating contrast to your main subjects.
The Spartans by Paul Cartledge.
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