Ancient History - A2

L3 Level 3
Full Time
4 September 2024 — 21 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This course is aimed to build on the skills acquired from the study of the first year ancient history course. This is primarily aimed at learners going into the second year, but their may be the option to fast-track after consultation with subject staff. This course is unique because it gives students the ability to study major events and individuals from the ancient world while also looking at literary and material sources.

What you will study

Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43–c.128

This depth study focuses on the interplay of political, military, social, economic, cultural and religious factors affecting the complex interactions between the Roman Empire and the British. Among other topics, you will study: 
The relations between Britain and the Roman Empire in AD 43; the reasons for the Roman conquest of Britain under Claudius; factors influencing Roman military policy towards Britain and moves to expand the province and establish a frontier; military policy and its effectiveness under the governors of Britain; Agricola’s military campaigns.
The decision to build Hadrian’s Wall; the features and functions of Hadrian’s Wall.
The reasons for the Boudiccan Revolt; the consequences of Boudicca’s actions and the impact of the revolt on Roman policy.

The Rise of Macedon, c. 359–323 BC

The growth in Macedonian power and the role of Philip in that process.
The major events of Alexander’s career and their significance. This will include major military victories at: the Granicus, Halicarnassus, Issus, Gaugamela.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment methods: Teaching is carried out through a series of lecturers and seminar style teaching.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including English Language and Maths. A/B in English is preferred. 

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

4 September 2024

End date

21 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Ancient History


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE