Examining Board: OCR
Next Examination Period: May / June 2020
Exam Specification Code: H407
Coursework Element: None
Practical Element: None
Course Fee Includes: Online course materials and tutor support. Additional materials available at extra cost.
Fast Track Option: Fast track Ancient History
OCR A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations must be taken in a registered UK exam centre. It is recommended students check with UK examining centres that the chosen exam is available.
Oxford College is pleased to offer the OCR A Level in Ancient History
This course consists of four units:
• Greek period study - Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC
• Greek depth study - The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC
• Roman period study - The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC–AD 68
• Roman depth study - Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43–c.128
The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics. In addition the Oxford College course in Ancient History will help you to;
• develop a broad and extensive interest in the military, political, religious, social and cultural history of the ancient world
• acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of selected periods of ancient history and use this knowledge and understanding to formulate coherent arguments with substantiated judgements
• understand Greek and Roman history in the context of their neighbouring civilisations and the interrelations of these civilisations
• explore and evaluate the significance of events, individuals, issues, identities and societies in the history of the ancient world
• understand the nature of historical evidence from the ancient world and its scarcity to build an understanding of historical periods studied and the methods used in the analysis and evaluation of evidence. Students should develop an understanding of how the ancient past has been represented by ancient historians and how the ancient past has been interpreted by modern historians
• develop an understanding of historical concepts such as change, continuity, causation, consequence and significance within the context of the historical periods studied
• develop an awareness and understanding of relevant historical debates and how these can be investigated
• develop the ability to make connections and draw comparisons between different periods, individuals, issues, identities and societies of the ancient past.
• To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
Unit 1: Greek period study - Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states, 492–404 BC
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.
• The challenge of the Persian Empire 492–479
• Greece in conflict 479–446 BC
• Peace and Conflict 446–431 BC
• The Archidamian War 431–420 BC
• The end of the Peloponnesian War and its aftermath 419–404 BC
You will study the changes in relations between states and the substantial developments in interstate relations between both Greek and non-Greek states. You will study the main events and issues in order to understand how these events and issues shaped these developments.
Unit 2: Greek depth study - The Politics and Culture of Athens, c.460–399 BC
The Greek depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent shorter time span. They require you to study significant individuals, societies, events and issues within the complexity of a historical event or situation, and the interplay of different factors including military, political, religious, social, technological and cultural within that event or situation.
• Athenian political and social culture
• The influence of new thinking and ideas on Athenian society
• Art and Architecture and their significance in the culture of Athens
• Drama and Dramatic Festivals and their significance in the culture of Athens
• Religion and its significance in the culture of Athens
Unit 3: Roman period study - The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC–AD 68
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, religious and political issues and developments of the emperors in Rome and the Empire and their treatment by the ancient sources.
• Augustus 31 BC–AD 14
• Tiberius AD 14–37
• Gaius AD 37–41
• Claudius AD 41–54
• Nero AD 54–68
Unit 4: Roman depth study - Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43–c.128
The Roman depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent shorter time span. They require you to study significant individuals, societies, events and issues within the complexity of a historical event or situation, and the interplay of different factors such as military, political, religious, social and cultural within that event or situation.
• Roman military policy towards Britain: conquest and expansion
• Frontier policy: consolidation and retrenchment AD 85–c.128
• Resistance to Roman rule
• Roman control
• Effects of Roman rule
The format of the Examinations
PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.
Component Group 1: Greek Period study and Greek Depth study (H407/12)
Component Group 1 is a source-based Greek period study combined with a source-based Greek depth study. The depth study is linked to the period study to create a substantial and coherent element of Greek history. There is an embedded interpretative element focussing on historians’ interpretations of the key historical debates about the significant individuals, events, developments and issues studied as part of the period study.
• 98 marks total
• 2 hours 30 minutes
• Written paper
Component Group 2: Roman Period study and Roman Depth study (H407/23)
Component Group 2 is a source-based Roman period study combined with a source-based Roman depth study. The depth study is linked to the period study to create a substantial and coherent element of Roman history. There is an embedded interpretative element focusing on historians’ interpretations of the key historical debates about the significant individuals, events, developments and issues studied as part of the period study.
• 98 marks total
• 2 hours 30 minutes
• Written paper
The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:
OCR Advanced GCE in Ancient History: A level in Ancient History.
Specification code: OCR A Level H407
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.
Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources, plus priority Tutor support.
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.
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
Payment by Instalments
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