• Classical Civilsation GCSE is offered to students in Years 9 and 10 as an option.
  • Trips will be offered throughout the course that deepen the students’ understanding of what they are learning about in class. Previous Classics trips have included visits to a Classics Day at Varndean College, British Museum, National Gallery, Kallos Gallery, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Londinium’s amphitheatre, the Museum of London, Pompeii, Greece and Rome.

Why study Classical Civilisation?

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Classical Civilisation has been designed to provide learners with a broad, coherent and rewarding study of the culture of the classical world. It offers learners the opportunity to study elements of the literature and visual/material culture of the classical world, and acquire an understanding of their social, historical and cultural contexts. Classical Civilisation will help learners to understand the legacy of the classical world, whilst developing their knowledge and skills in preparation for further educational opportunities, including A Level Classical Civilisation.

Classical Civilisation GCSE

Students follow the OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE Route 1 textbook – Myth and Religion. These books are provided by the school but it can be advantageous for students to have their own copies so that they can refer to them at home. See

Students learn about:

  • Myth and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome – this is examined and worth 50% of the GCSE
  • War and Warfare – this is examined and worth 50% of the GCSE

This exam comprises of two papers – which are taken in May/June of Year 10. Both exam papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes. More information about these papers can be found here.

The exams are aimed at the whole ability range. Sample papers can be found here.