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Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013

Classics

Pupils can continue their study of Latin into the Sixth Form, after successfully completing GCSE Latin.

We use the OCR exam board, which offers a sound mix of both language and literature, so candidates have the opportunity to read the writings of Virgil or Cicero in the original.

Once again, it is an excellent academic A Level for pupils with a logical brain who may be considering a career in Law, or as an enjoyable contrast and a fourth subject for those studying the sciences for Medicine. Latin fits very well for pupils studying History, English or Philosophy at A Level too.

We also offer Classical Civilisation at A Level; pupils do not have to have studied this previously at GCSE, as it is a complete stand-alone course. We have taught many successful candidates for whom this was their first experience of the Classical world; several of whom have gone on to study this subject at university. Two past pupils are currently studying Ancient History at Cardiff University for example.

The current OCR A Level course is extremely broad, and allows us to choose such diverse modules as Bronze Age Archaeology or Greek Tragedy. In recent years, we have chosen the module ‘City Life in Roman Italy’, which allows us to concentrate on Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia (all visited on our Italy trips!), looking at the social history of these fascinating towns, and using a broad variety of sources - virtual maps, photographs, literary accounts and 3-D models for example. Classical Civilisation is one of the very last subjects to change under the A Level reforms, so the new specifications will be coming into operation in 2017; OCR are committed to maintaining the range of areas for study which adds to the appeal of Classics at this higher level.

Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013
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