Fast Track A Level in Ancient History (Full AS+A2)

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Fast Track A Level in Ancient History (Full AS+A2)

Introduction

 
Fast Track is a unique programme designed specifically for learners who want to obtain the qualifications in a short space of time; need to improve a current grade; revise to re-sit the AS/A level. Popular with mature students, returning learners, who need to prove academic ability before entry to higher education at University or, even improve employment prospects; all of whom want the flexibility of learning online at their own pace rather than conventional settings.
 
This Fast Track level three (3) course is based on the OCR Advanced General Certificate Education (GCE); that also includes units from the AS level (A-GCE) Specifications for Classics: Ancient History, which became available from 2016 examination series.
 
This course consists of FOUR UNITS (4) from the GCE ‘A’ Level and is a qualification in its own right.   Students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the new OCR specification for the A level GCE in Classics: Ancient History (for first examination in 2016).
 
The concept of the programme is to be able to study at a paced level that allows students to complete the programme in a short space of time, usually 12 months. In doing so, students can plan to sit the most suitable examination series following completion. Students can also use the course to sit either the A level or the AS level and in some cases students may want to sit both!
 
Syllabus: ‘A’ Level H042/H442 (10/2016)
 
(Issue: 11)
 
 Examination Body: OCR 2016
 
Paper Codes: H042/H442
 
 

College Fees

The College remains at the competitive edge of online and distance learning; and through our excellent track record, provide a quality assured programme of learning our fees are within the range of market trends for similar courses, but remain readily affordable.
 
 
 
Our fee for this course is £ 365:00* which can be paid in full or, through instalments.
 
(*The course fee excludes ALL external examinations costs).
 
 

Key Features 

The GCE Classics: Ancient History specification comprises of 4 units. The AS units are 1 & 2) (OCR -AH1 & AH2) provide an understanding of how UK political systems works and how it is linked to contemporary concerns and events. A2 Units are 3 & 4 (OCR - AH3 & AH4).
 
Oxford Learning College offer the opportunity to study Classics: Ancient History courses as specified by OCR. This A level syllabus has several features the aims of these Classics specifications are to encourage candidates to:
 
 
·         Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world;
 
·         Acquire, through studying a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilisation;
 
·         Develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times;
 
·         Develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level;
 
·         Make an informed, personal response to the material studied.
 
 
 
 In addition, the Latin and Classical Greek units aim to encourage candidates to:
 
Develop an appropriate level of competence in the language studied and a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally.
 
 
 

Course Entry Requirements

Good English oral, reading and writing skills, previous study at level two (GCSE, IGCSE etc) or equivalent.  Full tutor support is given although, Tutor’s are not able to support beyond specific syllabus queries, learning difficulties and marking/grading of TMA’s.  General support is offered by OLC through its online and telephone student services centre.
 
 

Study Hours

Approximately: Ninety (90) hours of personal study time, per unit, which is supported by the student’s OLC Tutor, which is an optional arrangement for students, but we greatly encouraged students to access this to achieve a good examination outcome.
 
 

Progression 

This qualification supports progression in our College to other Advanced GCE and other International Higher Awards in many academic subjects (see our level 4 & 5 portfolio of courses online); and also, allow students to move onto Higher Education or similar Institution completing: Foundation Degrees; Degrees Post-graduate and other formal qualifications.
 
 

Course Syllabus & Contents

 
 
 
The whole ‘A’ level has FOUR (4) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into FOUR (4) Units of learning, these are:
 
 

AS Modules

 
The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is the first half of the GCE course and consists of Units 1 and 2. It may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute 50 per cent of the total Advanced GCE marks
 
 

Unit One: Greek History from original sources

 
Option One: Athenian Democracy in the 5th century BC
 
The principal focus of this unit is the handling of original sources as a historian. Candidates should 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 problems of reliability;
A selection of original source material in its context*.
 
*Students will be provided with comprehensive reading from literary and Archaeological Sources within the course materials and advised regarding additional reading.
 
In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:
 
 
·         The nature and distinctiveness of ancient Athenian democracy;  
 
·         The nature and level of participation in the democratic system (including critiques of this system) by the population of Attica, including citizens, women, metics and slaves;
 
·         The workings of the assembly (ekklesia), the council (boule), and the role and function of magistrates (archons) and generals (strategoi) and ostracism; courts and their role in democracy;  
 
·         The role and significance of prominent individuals (Cleisthenes, Perikles, Ephialtes, Cleon), as represented in the sources;
 
·         The importance of rhetoric and public speaking for leadership in Athens.
 
 

Unit Two: AS Unit AH2: Roman History from original sources

 
Option Three: Option 3: Britain in the Roman Empire
 
The principal focus of this unit is the handling of original sources as a historian. Candidates should 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 problems of reliability;
 
·         A selection of original source material in its context*
 
 
*Students will be provided with comprehensive reading from literary and Archaeological Sources within the course materials and advised regarding additional reading.
 
 
Candidates must be prepared to answer commentary questions on passages taken from any of the material prescribed above. In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:
 
 
·         Roman views of pre-conquest Britain: Caesar’s invasions, Celtic societies and links with Rome up to AD 43;
 
·         Claudius’ invasion and the early conquest period, to c. AD 60 – resistance and co-operation;  Boudicca’s Rebellion and its aftermath;
 
·         Expansion north under Agricola and earlier governors of Britain;
 
·         Frontier policy from Agricola to Antoninus Pius and the withdrawal back to Hadrian’s Wall, c. AD 160;
 
·         Roman views of British economy and society after AD 43, as represented by the sources.
 
 

Unit Three: A2 Unit AH3: Greek History: conflict and culture

Option Three: Option 3: The culture of Athens 449–399 BC
 
Candidates will be expected to use the skills they have acquired in handling original sources at AS level and refer to these sources where appropriate. The principal focus of this unit is on the investigation of historical themes through the evaluation and interpretation of original sources in context. Candidates should be able to:
 
 
·         Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of specified themes through relevant and appropriate literary, documentary and material evidence;
 
·         Support their arguments through the use of appropriate original sources*.
 
 
*Students will be provided with comprehensive reading from literary and Archaeological Sources within the course materials and advised regarding additional reading.
 
 
The thematic focus of this option is the cultural and intellectual life of 5th century Athens. Candidates will be expected to have read a selection of appropriate original sources on the following topics, and to refer to them in supporting their answers:
 
 
·         The changing intellectual climate in Athens, including rhetoric, the Sophists and Socrates;
 
·         Dramatic festivals and the theatre, including tragedy and comedy;
 
·         Religious festivals and sanctuaries;
 
·         Athenian views of themselves and non-Athenians, including citizens and non-citizens, women and children;
 
·         Art and architecture in their political and social contexts.
 
 

Unit Four: A2 Unit AH4: Roman History: use & abuse of power

 
Option Three: Option 3: Ruling the Roman Empire AD 14–117
 
Students will be expected to use the skills they have acquired in handling original sources at AS level and refer to these sources where appropriate.
 
 
 The principal focus of this unit is on the investigation of historical themes through the evaluation and interpretation of original sources in context. Candidates should be able to:
 
 
·         Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of specified themes through relevant and appropriate literary, documentary and material evidence;
 
·         Support their arguments through the use of appropriate original sources*.
 
 
*Students will be provided with comprehensive reading from literary and Archaeological Sources within the course materials and advised regarding additional reading.
 
The thematic focus of this option is Rome’s relations with the provinces of the empire. Candidates will be expected to have studied a range of original sources on the following topics, and to refer to them in supporting their answers:
 
 
·         Attitudes to imperial rule in the eastern and western provinces, including active resistance and the maintenance of local or regional identities;
 
·         The social and economic effects on provinces of incorporation within the Empire, including the question of ‘Romanisation’;
 
·         The differing image of the emperor in the eastern and western provinces, including the imperial cult;
 
·         The governance and administration of the Empire including the role of senators, equestrians and the army; Frontier and defensive policies within the Empire
 
 

Support Materials

Although the course programme is ‘self contained’ the student may wish to obtain further materials in regards to learning. The following materials are in the main useful, but not essential to guide learning: -
 

Textbooks

 
A full list is provided within the learning materials.
 
Andrew Northedge – The Good Study Guide Open University
 
                                    All of the above can also be obtained in an electronic format
 

Websites

 
www.oxfordcollege.ac
 
www.owl.com
 
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcebitesize/
 
 
Greater detail of all the course information and resources will be provided after enrolment.
 
 

Assessment Objectives - Awarding Body Syllabus

The course does not as standard have any examinations board ‘course work’ element and is therefore, has an end loaded final assessment by a FOUR (4) papers across the four syllabus units of learning.
 
 
To ensure that the four assessment objectives are clearly placed and assessed prior to the final examination, the TMA’s are weighted in accordance with these AO statements below:
 
 
AO1: Recall and deploy relevant knowledge and understanding of literary, cultural, material or historical sources or linguistic forms in their appropriate context
 
 
 
AO2: Analyse, evaluate and respond to classical sources (literary, cultural, material, historical or linguistic) as appropriate.
 
 
 
AO2b: Select, organise and present relevant information and argument in a clear, logical, accurate and appropriate form.
 
 

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, in GCE A-level specifications which require Students to produce written material in English, Students must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter; organise, information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate. In this Specification, QWC will be assessed in all questions and in all units
 

Course Assessment Requirements

All the course units carry a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA). These are marked by a dedicated team of tutors, one of whom will be allocated you as a student. They will advise your learning, mark your TMA’s and answer any academic course queries that may arise.
 
Students are also fully supported by a dedicated Student Services Team who are available to, guide all non-academic aspects of learning; from accessing materials, finding welfare support and any other pastoral or administrative needs during your course.
 

Internal Assessment 

Each unit will also have its own Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA).  These assignments will be based on actual examination questions (from past papers), which will prepare the student for the final examination. There is no coursework option for this programme.
 
The TMA should be sent/uploaded to the ODL tutor through the Online Campus, for marking and grading. Although tutor support is optional, it is a vital component in preparing the student for the examination and therefore, it is encouraged that students take full advantage of this support. The completed TMA unit can then be used as a ‘revision tool’ for the final examination.
 
Each TMA (four in all) completed once study of both the AS and A Level Modules for a unit are concluded. TMA’s will be graded in the same manner as the examination paper, with feedback comments and support/advise from the course tutor.
 
 

Self Tasks

Each unit will have a short optional ‘self tasks’ which will ask revision questions about the content being learnt in the unit, and answers provided for the student to check their own knowledge and understanding. These ‘self tasks’ do not need to be sent into the tutor for marking – and if done so, would be returned unmarked!
 
 

Final Internal Grading

The scheme of assessment consists of a single tier, in which all components target the complete ranges of grades; from: A*–G. Students who fail to achieve grade G will be awarded Ungraded. The grades are weighted from marks attained in Units.
 
As there is no internal centre (OLC) coursework component, the internal OLC TMA’s do not form part of the final grading outcome for the student, although they do in essence prepare the student for a level of success in attaining a pass result in the examination. Therefore, it is advisable that students complete all TMA’s as part of their programme of learning and submitting them for tutor marking and comment. 

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for one year 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.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.Oxford Learning

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* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16

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£365.00

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