Full AS+A2 in Classics

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Full AS+A2 in Classics

 

The study of Classics is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Classics 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 encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world and will give you the chance to form your own personal responses to the art and literature which you study. This course will teach you to practice the skills of a historian by handling historical documents and will further and enhance your critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.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 - F391: Greek History through the original sources. Option 2: The Delian League to the Athenian Empire (Entry Code F391)
  • Unit 3 - F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero
  • Unit 4 - F394: The Roman Empire, the use and abuse of power. Option 3: Ruling the Roman Empire 14-117 AD

The study of Classics is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Classics 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  • To practice the skills of a historian by handling historical documents.
  • To further and enhance their critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

The AS Unit is a combination of units from the Ancient History and Classical Civilisation courses offered by Oxford College. At AS Level you will study two units each investigating elements of Ancient Greek history and literature. At A2 Level you will investigate two aspects of history and literature from the Roman Empire.

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)

F391: Greek History through the original sources. Option 2: The Delian League to the Athenian Empire

The principal focus of this unit is to understand the rise and fall of Athenian power in the 5th century BC.  Handling original sources as an historian you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the nature of historical evidence; the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context. Be the end of this unit you will be able to demonstrate interpretation, analysis and evaluation of the ancient sources in context.

In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:

  • the origins and development of the Delian League;
  • the growth of Athenian imperialism: rebellions & reactions (Samos, Mytilene, Melos, Sicily);
  • the results of Empire, both for Athens and her allies, specifically tribute, its organisation and collection; the significance of inscriptional evidence; methods of control, both military and political.
  • Athenian and allied views of the Empire; and the importance of Thucydides as a source.
  • Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;
  • Aristotle’s Athenian Constitution (The Ath.Pol)
  • Aristophanes’ plays including the Acharnians and the Knights
  • Herodotus’ Histories
  • Plutarch’s Lives including the lives of Cimon, Pericles and Nicias
  • ‘The Old Oligarch’
  • Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Xenophon’s Recollections  and History of Greece

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.

You can also obtain these sources in the recommended translations from Penguin publishers or LACTOR.

The following LACTOR publications are extremely useful for this unit;

  • LACTOR I The Athenian Empire
  • LACTOR II The Old Oligarch
  • LACTOR V Athenian Democracy
  • LACTOR XII The Culture of Athens

 Candidates must be prepared to answer commentary questions on passages taken from any of the material prescribed above.

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material. You can also obtain these sources from LACTOR or from online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

In studying the original sources you will examine the reasons for and structure of the Delian League, the activities of the Delian League. The transformation of the Delian League into an Empire by the Athenians. The 1st and 2nd Peloponnesian Wars as well as personalities involved in leading Athens through the 5th century including Themistocles, Pericles, Cimon and Alcibiades. You will also explore the source material and the writers of these sources.

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:

  • F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero
  • F394: The Roman Empire, the use and abuse of power. Option 3: Ruling the Roman Empire 14-117 AD

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 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.

Unit AH4 The Roman Empire, the use and abuse of power (Entry Code F394) Option 3: Ruling the Roman Empire 14-117 AD

This unit builds on the skills that candidates have acquired in AS Unit F392.

Like AH3 the focus of this option is thematic. You will examine the Roman Empire between the years 14AD-117AD; from the death of Augustus to the death of the Emperor Trajan. This unit will help you to consider the actions and policies of the Emperors and how these affected the running of the Roman Empire. You will develop a sound understanding of Rome’s relations with the various provinces of the empire; from Judaea to Britain and from Germany to Africa.

Across the range of these provinces and the reigns of the various Emperors you will consider the attitudes of the provincials to imperial rule; why did some provincials remain loyal and others sought to rebel? You will also consider what it was to be ‘Romanised’ and the various attitudes towards this trend.

The Emperors used various policies to keep their Empire united. One of these techniques was through the use of the imperial cult which was used to supplement the governance and administration of the Empire. How did the army help or hinder the smooth running of the Empire within the provinces? Finally you will examine how the old order of Romans; including the senators and equestrians were used to maintain and govern the Empire on behalf of the Emperor.

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;

  • Pliny’s Natural History
  • Strabo’s Geography
  • Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars
  • Tacitus, Agricola, Annals and Histories

You will also investigate archaeological evidence that tells us so much about the lives and society of the provincials under the rule of the Romans

The following LACTOR publications are extremely useful for this unit;

  • LACTOR IV Inscriptions of Roman Britain.
  • LACTOR VIII Inscriptions of the Roman Empire
  • LACTOR XI Literary sources for Roman Britain.
  • LACTOR XV Dio: The Julio-Claudians

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.

The format of the Examinations

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

AS Unit F382

This 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.

AS Unit 391

Unit AH1: Option 1 Greek history from original sources

This 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 Unit 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.

A2 Unit F394

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 (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.

Qualification

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

OCR GCE A Level Classics

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

Specification:  OCR NACL

 

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.

Entry Requirements

Though the A-level builds on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking A-level History. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literary and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE, though full tutor support is given throughout.

Study Hours

Approximately 90 hours per unit

The format of the Examinations

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

Exam Centres can be located via this link: http://www.oxfordcollege.ac/news/examination-placements

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. Please contact the examination board OCR for details on examination centres in your country.

Further Information

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

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community. After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 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.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.  Oxford Learning

Our A levels 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.

Additionally, as a level 3 qualification, completion of an A level course also allows for direct entry onto our BTEC HND courses.

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

Course Fee

£315.00

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