Full AS+A2 in Classical Civilisation

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Full AS+A2 in Classical Civilisation

The study of Classical Civilisation is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics. In addition the Oxford College course in Classical Civilisation will help you to; gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature. It will also encourage you to develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world. This course gives you the chance to form your own personal responses to the art and literature which you study.  It will help you further and enhance your critical and evaluation skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

This course consists of four units:

  • Unit 1 - F382: Homer’s Odyssey and Society
  • Unit 2 - F384: Greek Tragedy in its’ context
  • Unit 3 - F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • Unit 4 - F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

The study of Classical Civilisation is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics. In addition the Oxford College course in Classical Civilisation will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the art and literature which they study.
  • To further and enhance their critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

The AS Units

F382: Homer’s Odyssey and Society

In this unit you will study Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey.

This epic poem ranks among the most important pieces of World literature and this unit will help you to investigate the poem as well as the values and the society it represents. The principal focus of the unit is on a critical analysis of the poem, with a secondary focus on the history, society and archaeology of the period in which it was performed.

Required Text: Homer, Odyssey translated by E V Rieu, revised translation by D C H Rieu (Penguin).

This text can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material and all of these ancient sources can be read in translation online for free online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

In studying Homer’s Odyssey you will develop your understanding the distinctive nature of the ancient Greek world.

The themes which you will study in this unit include;

  • Xenia and hospitality
  • the role of the gods and the power of fate
  • the stories and characterisation of heroes
  • the concept of heroism including timé and kleos
  • justice and revenge
  • life and society including the role of women and the role of slaves
  • the oral tradition of the Odyssey
  • the transmission of the texts
  • theories on the composition of the text
  • structure of the text and literary techniques
  • the language of epic including characterisation, supernatural elements, realism and fantasy, disguise and recognition.
  • Nostos (homecoming)

Unit 2: Greek Tragedy in its Context (F384)

In  this unit you will study plays written by three Athenian tragedians. All written in the 5th century BC, the tragic plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides are classic literary works in their own right but are also valuable as social documents for the society and values they represent. It is from the Greek tragedies that many great writers and playwrights take their inspiration, the Antigone for example has been used as the basis for other great poets to build on; including Berholt Brecht and Seamus Heaney. Shakespeare’s plays too are heavily influenced by the plays of the ancient world.

The principal focus of this unit is on the literature, society and values, with a secondary focus on philosophy, religion and history of 5th century Athens as portrayed in the plays.

From September 2014, the following plays will be studied;

  • Aeschylus’ Agamemnon
  • Sophocles’ Antigone
  • Euripides’ Medea and Electra.

The materials you will study in this unit will help you to demonstrate your knowledge of the plays and the cultural context in which they were written.

You will explore;

  • dramatic festivals
  • the role of the gods and fate
  • oracles, omens and prophecies
  • the theme of justice and revenge
  • death and burial
  • honour and reputation
  • the role of men and women in the life of the city
  • the importance of children and the family in tragedy

You will also investigate the theatre itself; the building and the machinery used during the plays, the use of actors and the chorus. The plays concern themes which reveal much about Athenian attitudes towards death and violence and the onstage taboos of portraying such acts.

The way language is used to develop tension and dramatic irony; the nature of tragedy including the development of understanding the technical terms of hamartia, katharsis and peripeteia and the particular styles and approaches characteristic of each of the three tragedians and their contribution to the development of the genre of Greek tragedy.

Required texts:

  • Aeschylus’ Agamemnon
  •  Sophocles’ Antigone
  •  Euripides’ Medea and Electra.
  • Examination Board: OCR

By the end of the AS Level you will have begun to successfully interpret and analyse the ancient literature that you studied. As well as learning about these very interesting literary texts you will develop your ability to successfully handle the ancient literature and be able to transfer what you have learned to critically analyse other written documents.

The A2 Units

The principal focus of the A2 units is on the investigation of historical themes through the evaluation and interpretation of original sources in context. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the periods studied. You will have considered the nature of the historical evidence and will be using the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context.

 This course consists of two units:

  • F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Ancient History will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through direct study of the original sources.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the set texts chosen for study.
  • To further and enhance their historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.


Unit F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World

In this unit you will investigate and explore the sculpture, architecture and vase painting of the classical Greek world. You will learn about the different styles and orders of sculpture, architecture and painting and develop your understanding about how these artistic styles changed over time.By the end of the unit you will be familiar with a range of free-standing and relief sculpture including works by Praxiteles and Kallimachos. The main architectural orders of temple architecture and how they used to create unique buildings such as the Parthenon, as well vase paintings.

In this unit you will learn to understand and show knowledge of;

  • stylistic features and development of vases, architecture and sculpture
  • the evolution of different kinds of buildings including their purpose
  • architectural innovations
  • the use and development of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders

For this unit you will need access to images of the art and architecture that you are studying You can access most, if not all of the required images online.

There are no set texts for this unit but the exam board recommends access to:

  • Woodford S. An Introduction to Greek Art, 1986, Duckworth.
  • Griffiths Pedley J. Greek Art and Archaeology, 2007, Prentice Hall.
  • Boardman J. Greek Sculpture: the Archaic Period, 1985, Thames and Hudson.

Prescribed material: For further details of the prescribed artefacts of visual culture see the OCR specification;

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publications/key_documents/AS_ALevel_GCE_Classics_Specification.pdf

Unit F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

This unit builds on the skills that candidates have acquired in AS Unit F382. In this unit you will explore the world of epic poetry. Reading both Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid you will explore the values and societies they represent as well as the literary accomplishments of both.

The unit will also help you to investigate the religion, politics and history as portrayed by the literature. You will discover the similarities and differences between Virgil’s portrayal of the hero and the hero of Homer’s Iliad.

Required texts:

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access the following epic poems;

  • Virgil, Aeneid translated by D West
  • Homer, Iliad translated by M Hammond

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material and all of these ancient sources can be read in translation online for free online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

This unit explores the political, social, historical and cultural context of both epics by Virgil and Homer. The materials will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Virgil’s role in the regime of Augustus and the political and historical background in which the Aeneid was written. 

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

AS Units F382 and F384

Each unit is worth 50% of the total marks available for the AS GCE, and 25% for the A2 GCE if taken. The papers are each 90 minutes long and each carry 100 marks.

Section A: commentary question (45 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having three sub sections.

Section B: essay question (55 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is given for each of the essay questions.

A2 Units F388 and F390

Each unit is worth 25% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE. The papers are each 2 hours and each carry 100 marks.

Section A: commentary question (50 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having two sub sections.

Section B: essay question (50 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two. This unit is synoptic.

Qualification

The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:

OCR GCE A Level Classical Civilisation

Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Specification:  OCR NACC

 

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for two years upon signing our Terms and Conditions agreement.

Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams are held during the May - June exam period of every year.

International Students

If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

After enrolling online, you will receive a username and password to access the On Campus area. This is delivered within a few moments and three-working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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Our A-Level programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table
A* = 140
A = 120
B = 100
C = 80
D = 60
E = 40
F = 20

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