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Ancient History

Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years


What will I study?

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This is one of two versions of A Level History we offer (the other includes Russia and Modern Britain) you can do either of these alongside Ancient History.

Ancient History is the study of the Classical civilisations of Greece and Rome. The major difference between this course and more modern history courses is the deeper reliance on the original sources, whether it be contemporary historians, archaeology, biographies or poetry. You will also learn to reference ancient and modern scholars in essays, preparing you well for further study at university. There is lots of discussion in the classroom; in addition, the extra-curricular experiences we offer are particularly advantageous in opening your eyes to the topics we study: we hope you will take advantage of our trips to ancient sites and the British Museum.

Ancient Greek History For the compulsory period study, students focus on the relations between Greek states and non-Greek states from 492 to 404 BC, examining Sparta, Athens and Persia. This unit includes the Persian Wars and then the Peloponnesian War. This period of Greek history begins with the Greeks uniting to face a common enemy (Persia) and ends in the exhaustion of the main states in Greece (Athens and Sparta). The unit is assessed by examination.

The Rise of Macedon, 359—323BC This depth study focuses on the interplay of political, military, social, economic, cultural and religious factors that contributed to the rapid rise to pre-eminence of Macedonia from c. 359 BC. There is a focus on Philip, placing the campaigns of Alexander more fully into context. In doing so, learners will gain an insight into the factors and beliefs that motivated two of the most renowned men in ancient history. The unit is assessed by examination.

The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88-31BC This depth study focuses on the interplay of political, military, social and economic factors faced by the late Roman Republic, which ultimately brought about its disintegration and reformation under the sole rule of Octavian. The unit is assessed by examination.

The Julio-Claudian Emperors 31BC-AD68 This period study will focus on the unfolding narrative of the establishment and development of the principate under Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero. There will be a particular focus on military, social, religious and political issues and developments. You will study the ways in which the role and powers of the Roman Emperors developed, and their treatment by the ancient sources. The unit is assessed by examination.


Study Visits

Every year there will be an optional residential trip to Rome or Athens.

We are also planning to take part in a faculty trip to London and go to the British Museum



Our LRC (library) offers a pack of ‘History essentials’ at cost value (one whiteboard, 2 whiteboard pens, 2 highlighters and a folder)
Otherwise, minimal costs



2 x 2.5hr examinations.


Entry Criteria

Grade 5 in English.

Grade 4 in History if taken (not required).


Useful Supporting Courses

History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Politics, English Language & Literature and Law.



Legal profession, Museum sector, Heritage Manager, Banking & Finance, Management, Universities, Teaching, Business, Marketing, Civil Service.


Flying Start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Ancient History Flying start