(Original post by kiera28)
Hiya, I have to ring up the school after I receive my GCSE results and firm my AS Level choices. I wanted to study RS, Spanish, English Lit and Politics. Due to time tabling issues I can only study one from RS and Spanish as they're in the same option block. I will base my decision upon my GCSE results, but at the moment am more inclined to pick Spanish.
Anyways, because of this I am one subject short and have narrowed my final choice down to: Art and Design, Drama and Theatre Studies or Classical Civilisation.
Please could anyone give me any insight to these subjects at A Level and share their experiences? I plan on studying English or a related degree at Uni. Which do you think goes best with my other choices (spanish, Politics and English)?
I have 100% in my coursework in drama but am predicted an A due to having a bad department where nobody, including the teachers, understand what they're asking for/how to get the marks in the written paper... I'm predicted an A/A* in art but it takes up A LOT of time, and I've never done Classics before.
Sorry this is longer than I intended it to be haha, thanks!
Hiiii! Okay so have I just started my A-level work for Classics so I have both specification for both AS and A2 (I am just gonna explain some stuff before I show you the spec.. Bear in mind, Class-civ is very much based on your own interests. If you like a mixture of english, history, history of art writers like Pliny and Juvenal then you may be interested in this subject. In each year, should you decide to continue till the end of A2, you get to pick two topics. This was easier for me cuz I am the only one doing classics in my year but if you are in a class bigger than mine then you may have to colloborate with your classmates choices (the course has more content than you think and I am not sure if your teacher will teach you seperately). On the bright side if you are suited to Classics, you are likely to have an interest in all the topics, but naturally some more than others. You either like Classics or you do not. It is a really good topic for building cultural understanding and applying it to modern day. So like if you want to be an author or try law or something. It is not an academic subject although a lot of learning goes into it (unlike english) but can be very moral depending on the subjects you do. Also not translation of latin or greek is included. Just to let you know I am talking about the OCR Classics spec so if your school doesn't do this then sorry but yeah. Everything in bold is the topics i did/am doing so if you want to ask me about them then go ahead. I haven't describe the topics because I do not know about all of them but if you are interested I would look at the OCR spec (this is what i am basing my knowledge off of other exam boards may or may not be different.
AS Specification (remember you can only pick two topics for each year)
- Latin Language
- Latin Verse and Prose Literature
- Classical Greek Language
- Classical Greek Verse and Prose Literature
- Archaeology Mycenae and the classical world
- Homer's Odyssey and Society
- Roman Society and Thought
- Greek Tragedy in its Context.
- Greek Historians
- City life in Rome
- Greek History from original sources
- Roman History from original sources
- Latin Verse
- Latin Prose
- Classical Greek Verse
- Classical Greek Prose
- Roman Britain: life in the outpost of the Empire
- Art and Architecture in the Greek World
- Comic Drama in the Ancient World
- Virgil and the world of hero
- Greek History: conflict and culture
- Roman History: the use and abuse of power
That is it. Ask if you need anything.
Here is the full spec: