What you need to know
Most students who take Classics have no prior experience of the subject; it is not necessary to know a great deal about the subject before enrolling. The subject suits students with enquiring minds, who are interested in studying a range of subjects.
You will build on a range of skills acquired at GCSE from other Arts and Humanities subjects, such as the close analysis of literary texts, the balanced consideration of historical evidence, the understanding of a range of cultural contexts and the ability to remember new terms. You will be expected to keep a glossary of new terms and concepts, to conduct independent research on a regular basis, consider and balance a range of points of view and develop an awareness of the challenges of interpreting evidence from the classical world.
Want to get a headstart in A Level Classics?
Guy de la Bédoyère’s Cities of Roman Italy is a useful guide to the three cities studied in the first year of A-level Classics.
For more detail on Pompeii, see Mary Beard’s Pompeii.
For the Politics and Society of Ancient Sparta module you might read Paul Cartledge’s Spartans: an Epic History.
Meet the Romans, Mary Beard
Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town, Mary Beard
The Other Pompeii: Life and Death in Herculaneum, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
These documentaries can be found on YouTube.
Classics is part of the Historical Studies Department and complements a wide range of subjects in the Arts and Humanities, particularly Archaeology, History and English Literature.