King George V College



The Classical Civilisation course revolves around the two societies of ancient Greece and ancient Rome.  The core of the course involves studying epic poetry like Homer’s Odyssey (Odysseus arrives home after the Trojan War to find his house over-run with suitors who are trying to marry his wife and take his kingdom) and Virgil’s Aeneid (the foundation myth of Rome, told from the viewpoint of one of the Trojan survivors of the Trojan War).   Other highlights of the course include studying Greek art and architecture (you will become an expert on Greek sculpture) and Greek religion, so if you enjoy mythology then this course is definitely for you! 

At KGV we have been offering A-level Classical Civilisation since 1992; we are regarded as one of the best places to study this subject in the UK, regularly receiving awards from the Good Schools Guide and achieving outstanding results. 

Studying Classics at KGV is unique because of the opportunities to take related courses alongside the Classics course: A-level Ancient History, GCSE Greek and Latin. This ability to study the Classical world in great depth is the reason why so many of our students have been successful in achieving places at top universities, with twenty-two students having progressed to Oxford to study Classics or Ancient History.

Popular careers for Classics students include: teaching, museum work, heritage (National Trust, English Heritage), publishing, journalism and the Civil Service, including the Diplomatic Service.  Students studying A-level Classics alongside Science A-levels have however gone on to study Medicine, Dentistry or Zoology.


5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 (A*-B) including English Language and a Grade 4 or above (Grade C) in GCSE Maths. For Classical Civilisation you will also need a Grade 4 in English or English Language or English Literature.


As a Classics student at KGV, you will also have the opportunity to learn Classical Greek or Latin from scratch; if you study the language for two years you can take a GCSE qualification.  We are one of the only colleges in the country to offer these courses for sixth form students.  Other enrichment opportunities include museum visits    (including the British Museum and Soane Museum in London), workshops, talks and gallery visits at the Atkinson Museum, visits to see performances of Greek plays, and membership of the Lytham Classical Association, which runs monthly lectures and an annual Classics Competition. 


Classics students have access to a well-stocked library within the Classics Department itself, including historical novels as well as Classical texts and books on Classical Art & Archaeology.  Our department also has a small teaching collection of ancient artefacts including pottery, glass and replicas of Classical statues.


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