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Ancient History A-Level

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What is Ancient History A-Level?

The Ancient History course comprises the study of two great ancient powers – Athens and Rome.

In Year 12 students will study the relationship between the Greek states and the Persians, looking at the surprising victory of the Greeks over the Persian empire. Then the course moves on to consider the rise and fall of the Athenian empire and the impact of the culture of Athens through art, architecture, drama and religion.

In Year 13 students study the development of the empire of Rome from a Republic to a Monarchy through the study of the infamous Julio-Claudian emperors and the Flavian dynasty. This study will enable students to come face to face with the debauchery of characters such as Caligula, Nero and Domitian.

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What Will You Study?

  • Greek: The Persian War and the Great Peloponnesian War; The development of democracy and the rise and fall of the Athenian Empire; The culture of Athens (including Greek drama, art & architecture, the Sophists and Socrates and Greek religion)
  • Rome: Republic to Monarchy including the Julio-Claudian & the Flavian Dynasty. Including individual characters including Caligula, Nero & Domitian.

What Next?

Many of our History students continue onto Higher Education to study History or other written degree courses.

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Entry Requirements for History A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in History (if studied) and a 6 in English Language or English Literature.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Economics, English Literature, English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy & Religion and Sociology.

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