About this course
This level 3 A level qualification will allow learners to study the ancient world over a two-year period. This will allow the learner to engaged critically with the ancient past and engage with both major historical events and major works of literature. As Ancient History is not widely studied in Wales, this will give the college an opportunity to offer a course which learners would not otherwise get the opportunity to take. It also provides an alternative/ addition to the already successful Classics A level offered here.
What you will study
The AS Units of study require learners to undertake the study of both Greece and Rome.
Unit 1 H007/01: Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC. (taught in year 1)
This period study will focus on the unfolding narrative of the relations between the Greek city-states, particularly Athens and Sparta, and between Greek city-states and the Persian Empire during the period 492–404 BC. Learners will study the changes in relations between states and the substantial developments in inter-state relations between both Greek and non-Greek states. Learners will study the main events and issues in order to understand how these shaped these developments.
Assessment: 60 marks 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper 50% of total AS Level.
H007/02: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC–AD 68 (taught in year 1)
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 the military, social and political achievements of the emperors and their treatment by the ancient sources.
Assessment 60 marks 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper 50% of total AS Level.
A2 Year Content
H407/13: The Rise of Macedon, c. 359–323 BC (taught in year 2)
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 particular focus on Philip and thus placing the campaigns of Alexander more fully in context. In doing so learners will gain insight into the factors and beliefs that motivated two of the most renowned men in ancient history. The topics in this depth study are all interrelated, and learners are encouraged to see the connections between different topics to deepen their understanding of the period.
Depth study in H407/22: The Flavians, AD 68–96. (taught in year 2)
This depth study focuses on the interplay of political, military, social, economic and religious factors that affected the reigns of the Flavian dynasty resulting in a different type of Principate to that of the preceding Julio-Claudian dynasty. The topics in this depth study are all interrelated, and learners should be encouraged to see the connections between different topics to deepen their understanding of the period
Course fee per year
Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00
Individual Subject Entry Requirement English Language minimum: B
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Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
The qualification carries UCAS points and if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.
It can support access to higher education courses, other courses being undertaken will also be considered. The qualification can also lead to direct employment or apprenticeship.
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