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Classical civilisation

Why study classical civilisation?

Studying classical civilisation will highlight your ability to learn and comprehend challenging subjects. It will provide you with skills such as critical analysis, constructing rigorous arguments from evidence, assessing the veracity of information and an awareness of and empathy for diverse cultures. You will be able to work alone or within a team and to think imaginatively. These skills can be transferred to virtually any environment and Classics graduates, therefore, enter the jobs market with specific, practical, intellectual and theoretical skills.

The study of classics does not commit a person to one career path! Did you know that Chris Martin (Coldplay) has a degree in Classical Studies, JK Rowling studied Classics at Exeter University and that Tom Hiddleston read Classics at Cambridge University before turning his hand to acting?

Employers in many fields ranging from archaeology to veterinary science, from museum education to conservation officers, and from media work to banking value Classics graduates for their logical thinking and discipline.

A good classicist is someone who is interested in appreciating different cultures. They will enjoy myths and legends, studying texts and primary sources, and investigating challenging questions. They will enjoy seeing how ancient cultures are still very much embedded within our society, and they will enjoy making comparisons and contrasts with these cultures. They will have an eye for precision, will be motivated by examining evidence in detail and yet will also be able to step back and see the bigger picture.

What our students say

“It’s a great mix of history and myth and it balances out my other subjects.” Conor

“I enjoy history and want to develop it further.” Lucy

“A new and exciting subject choice for A-Level.” Isobel 

“It’s interesting but also challenging.” Grace

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in English literature or history at GCSE

Potential courses

  • Latin
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary science
  • Law
  • History
  • English literature
  • English language
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Dentistry

Potential Careers

  • Archeologist
  • Doctor
  • Vet
  • Civil Service
  • Archivist
  • Public relations
  • Solicitor
  • Teacher
  • Public administration

The A-level course

Unit% of A-levelContent
Paper 140The World of the Hero
Paper 230Culture & the Arts
Paper 330Beliefs & Ideas

Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.