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I’m in year 11 and I’m considering taking classics a level but I’ve heard it’s similar to history a level and I take history at GCSE and I don’t really enjoy it.

Anyone who currently takes classics a level please can you tell me what it’s like.
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I’m in year 11 and I’m considering taking classics a level but I’ve heard it’s similar to history a level and I take history at GCSE and I don’t really enjoy it.

Anyone who currently takes classics a level please can you tell me what it’s like.
Hi! I am a year 11 student and I am going to take Latin next year so I'm going to talk from a history vs Latin perspective. I had to think about this too as I was choosing between the two subjects. From what I've heard, Latin is similar to GCSE in the way that you have translations and set texts. However, marks for stylistic features/essay questions go up.

I would talk to your teacher about what you do in A-level and decide why you don't like history. Personally, I don't like the question types and in A-level there are quite a few essays in history, whereas there are less in Latin.
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Is it classics as in ancient history a level? My friend did ancient history a level but they called it classics and yeah it was basically like normal history
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I’m in year 11 and I’m considering taking classics a level but I’ve heard it’s similar to history a level and I take history at GCSE and I don’t really enjoy it.

Anyone who currently takes classics a level please can you tell me what it’s like.
If its classical civilisation then highly unlikely to be any latin.
Its a mix of literature, social history and history, but it varies between exam boards.
What you need is to find out what the exam board will be and look at the specification to see whats covered and whether it interests you.
It may not cover as much history as you think.
Until you know what it contains then you wont be able to form an opinion.
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Is it classics as in ancient history a level? My friend did ancient history a level but they called it classics and yeah it was basically like normal history
I think he's referring to classical civilisation.
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Classics is how I would describe is a mix between history,philosophy,English. The writing style for essays is nothing like history at all. You have to really try hard to perfect the essay style as it’s not similar to any other subject. The content you cover is absolutely amazing though if you have a great teacher! Don’t just rely on the textbook as this is basic level. To fully grapple with classics you have to enjoy reading to an extent( i don’t read much 🙈)However if you choose it you won’t regret what you’ll learn especially if u travel to Greece/Rome any time soon! You’ll definitely enjoy it so much
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I think he's referring to classical civilisation.
Oh okay ignore me then lol
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I’m in year 11 and I’m considering taking classics a level but I’ve heard it’s similar to history a level and I take history at GCSE and I don’t really enjoy it.

Anyone who currently takes classics a level please can you tell me what it’s like.
I take both History and Classics a level and don't really find them that similar at all. It does depend on the course and exam board your school does, however, only 30% of my course is in the form of Ancient History which isn't even like history GCSE either. I found that Classics a level is rather similar to English a level as half of it is pretty much literature, but, I would definitely advise you to take it.
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Is it classics as in ancient history a level? My friend did ancient history a level but they called it classics and yeah it was basically like normal history
Hi, no I think it’s just classical civilisation
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Classics is how I would describe is a mix between history,philosophy,English. The writing style for essays is nothing like history at all. You have to really try hard to perfect the essay style as it’s not similar to any other subject. The content you cover is absolutely amazing though if you have a great teacher! Don’t just rely on the textbook as this is basic level. To fully grapple with classics you have to enjoy reading to an extent( i don’t read much 🙈)However if you choose it you won’t regret what you’ll learn especially if u travel to Greece/Rome any time soon! You’ll definitely enjoy it so much
Ok thank you so much
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I take both History and Classics a level and don't really find them that similar at all. It does depend on the course and exam board your school does, however, only 30% of my course is in the form of Ancient History which isn't even like history GCSE either. I found that Classics a level is rather similar to English a level as half of it is pretty much literature, but, I would definitely advise you to take it.
Ok thank you
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