Ancient History

A Level

The influence of the classical world is all around us. The Greeks gave us democracy and theatre; the Romans brought us roads and baths. Classical Civilisation gives you the opportunity to explore how the classical world was shaped and how it has influenced the modern world.

In the first year, you will examine Ancient Greece, in particular the political and cultural changes that took place in Athens in the sixth and fifth century BCE.

In the second year, you will study ancient Rome. You will examine the crucial transition from republic to empire (88-31 BCE), as well as the reigns of the first five emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius and Nero.

Career Paths

  • Journalism
  • Archivist
  • Legal professions
  • Academia
  • Museums and galleries
  • Education
  • Publishing

More than just a course

Ancient History combines well with virtually any subjects from the arts, social sciences or sciences. There are particularly strong links, however, with Politics, English Literature, Languages and History.

Ancient History and Classics are popular with universities and employers alike. This subject gives you a broad, relevant knowledge and allows you to develop a variety of skills that are in demand today.

Unique Features

  • This course offers you a glimpse into the classical world.
  • You will study Classical Greek and Roman history, architecture, art, culture, literature, philosophy and religion.
  • Historical content is combined with the study of a range of contemporary written texts.
  • Visits to the British Museum and Manchester Museum, as well as the opportunity to attend lectures and talks by esteemed classical scholars, enhance your understanding.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.  Two of the subjects should be a grade 6.

While we are happy to consider applications from all students, Ancient History is only suitable for those who wish to focus heavily on textual study and academic thought.

“Ancient History and Classics provides you with an entirely new perspective on history. By studying the great leaders of Greece and Rome you gain a greater understanding of contemporary politics and society. It is enjoyable and exciting and nothing like you have ever done before”

Sammie Pickford-Hill, who also studies History and Criminology.