This is what DD will have amongst her options next year (doesn't sound a particularly soft option - but this is their "Classics bundle", rather than Classical Civilisation):
Classics at SHSG is comprised of two courses, GCSE Ancient History and GCSE Classical Greek (Short Course) which are studied at the same time. This approach will give you a rounded view of the Classical World and enable you to attain both a full GCSE and an additional half GCSE which will position you well for later studies in the fields of Humanities or Languages.
This course has many similarities to other Humanities subjects and if you do well in those subjects you should attain a high grade on this course. The inclusion of the language element means that you will gain an additional half GCSE qualification but it also requires that you are prepared to commit to the subject. If you are good at Languages, Mathematics or have a logical mind-set you should do well with the Greek Language. Whilst it is manageable, Classics at SHSG will nevertheless require commitment and has been especially designed for those of you who wish to challenge yourselves academically. The topics you will study are:
Ancient History GCSE provides an introduction to the ancient world and gives you the opportunity to study some of the most fascinating characters in western history. These are the men and women who have helped to shape the way we see the world, and whose lives have a strong relevance to the modern world. The sources for these characters contain many interesting stories, but the task of the ancient historian is to study these stories and try to separate fact from fiction. The fact that there are limited sources requires you to think carefully about the meaning of each source, and work to a logical conclusion. This course encourages the discipline of creativity which is so essential for a historian, and which can be applied in all areas of later life.
Unit A031 - The Greeks at War focuses on the early years of the Fifth century BC when the Greeks found themselves under attack from their eastern neighbours, the Persians. The course content includes the Battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Sardis (as depicted in the recent film 300) as well as an outline of Greek culture and mythology.
Unit A032 – The Rise of Rome concentrates on Hannibal the Carthaginian general. Considered one of the greatest generals of European History, during the Second Punic War he crossed the Alps with his army (elephants and all) to invade Italy.
Unit A033 – Women in Ancient Politics looks at the role of women in the ancient world, specifically Cleopatra and her impact upon Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and other aspects of Roman politics.
Unit A034 – Controlled Assessment involves research on a given area of ancient history. You will have a taught introduction in class and will then spend time researching the area in order to complete an extended essay.
Classical Greek GCSE (Short Course) provides you with the opportunity to study the language and literature of classical Greece, reading the works of famous authors such as Homer, Euripides, Herodotus and Plato. You will experience elements of the culture, language and social and political life of the Greek civilisation which has inspired many later generations. As well as being exciting and inspiring, this course helps you to develop analytical skills and intellectual flexibility which will be useful in a wide range of jobs or in further study.
Greek language; you will learn to read Greek texts in their original language;
Greek Civilisation studied through sources; you study simple inscriptions, buildings and artefacts.
Unit B401 – Language (Mythology and domestic life) The Greek passages on this exam paper tell a story or stories drawn from mythology or Greek domestic life. You answer some comprehension questions in English and translate a small extract of Greek into English.
Unit B405 – Sources for Greek You answer short questions based on passages or illustrations and write an extended response based on sources as evidence for life in Greek society.
Students who complete this course will find themselves in an advantageous position to take Classics, Humanities or Language subjects at A-Level.
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