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History (Ancient)

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Level 3

Specific course entry requirements

College entry. No prior knowledge of the subject is required, and you do not need to have studied GCSE Ancient History or GCSE History. However, if you have studied them, we would expect you to have obtained at least a Grade 4.

How will I be assessed?

100% Examination.

There are two exams of 2hours 30 minutes, each worth 98 marks. 

What will I study?

In Year 12, you will initially focus on a period study on relations between the Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, including the victory over the Persian Empire (492–404 BC). The course will then focus on a depth study of the politics and society of Sparta (478-404 BC), including its educational values and military culture.

In Year 13, you will initially study the development of the empire of Rome as a period study, examining the role of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, including two of the most notorious Emperors, Caligula, and Nero (31 BC-AD 68). The course will then focus on a depth study in Ruling Roman Britain (AD 43 – c.128), including the Roman conquest and expansion and resistance to Roman rule.

Where will this course lead me?

The study of Ancient History is highly respected by all universities and is desirable if you have an interest in Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology. Furthermore, Ancient History is flexible in that it can be combined with other A level subjects like History, Politics, Geography, Law, English, Art and the languages. Ancient History is also highly valued by employers due to the transferable skills you will develop, including comprehension, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, alongside your research and presentation skills. 

Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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