Classics

If you have any further enquiries, please email Mr Martin Boyle, Head of Classics, at boylem@salesiancollege.com

Why study Classics?

Classics is a truly fascinating A Level course which will allow you to delve into a time of mysteries, mythologies, religion, art, sport, philosophy and literature to name but a few. It will capture your imagination and fire your enthusiasm to learn more about the ancient world. Classics will also enable you to develop a number of key skills that will support your other A Level choices as well as further study beyond Sixth Form.

What does the study of Classics involve?

Classics is the study of the Ancient Romans and Greeks, considering the legacy of their civilisation upon modern society. It is not a language course, but is based on the writings, artefacts and culture of the Classical World. All set texts are studied in English.

What does the course involve?

During the first year, we study Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and the great works of Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

The final year of the course covers the ‘Aeneid’, exploring the origins of the Romans from the ashes of the Trojan War. Greek Religion is also studied, providing an insight into the beliefs, mythology and religious practices of Antiquity.

Skills required

An analytical approach to learning and sources is helpful, as is a strong essay writing technique. However, these skills will be developed throughout the course with plenty of practice and examination questions.

What can an A Level in Classics lead to?

Classics is extremely versatile and a highly respected A Level, with many of the top universities offering it as a degree level course. It will also aid applications to study Law, Politics, International Relations, English, History, Geography, Art and a number of other academic subjects. Classics will provide you with plenty of transferable skills that can be transferred into a number of different disciplines and career paths.

For further information, please speak to Mr Boyle or Ms O'Brien