A-level Ancient History VS Classical Civilistaion

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Hi

With any luck, I should be starting A-levels in September and I'm on the fence as to whether to pick Ancient history or Classical civilisation.

I would do History but I don't think I could survive another round Hitler

So I was hoping that someone who had taken/ is taking the subjects could shine some light on it for me.

I wasn't able to take either of the subjects at GCSE, but I've always had a bit of an obsession with ancient history usually leaping at any chances I've had to indulge in it, and I've been part of my school's Latin club since yr 7, which had a large focus on the life of a typical roman and Roman rule of Britain.

I've been told that Classical civilisation is quite similar to English literature, which I struggled with at GCSE (enjoyed it but couldn't get my head around the essay structure.) Although I know that all humanities are essays.

I know this is rather rambly and unhelpful, but I would really appreciate some help.

Please help me. Thank you
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no offense but both of those subjects are kind of useless and i would not suggest picking either
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Hi, bit late, but hopefully you're still interested!
So, firstly, have you checked the curriculum where you're studying? I agree, Hitler gets really boring, and I was glad to be rid of it when I did A Levels! For my A Levels we did completely different topics, like the English Civil War and the Crusades, so I'd check just to be sure you're not interested in the topics - a lot of colleges have been asked by unis to teach different topics because they're a bit tired of teaching students who only know about Hitler.

For my A Levels I did Ancient History - although my college didn't offer Classics. I wouldn't have gone with it if they had, though. Personally, I love History and actual facts that can be shaped into stories, whereas Classics is actually stories! If you like Homer and Virgil - poetry and long stories, then go for Classics. If you like actual History, Ancient History is closest to it!
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no offense but both of those subjects are kind of useless and i would not suggest picking either
Why are they useless and what do you base this on?
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Why are they useless and what do you base this on?
Ok so sorry if I came off a bit rude I didnt mean to come off like that! but imo I just dont think any of the two would be as useful as a degree in say music and engineering because you can learn about both by just reading books about the topics so I dont think you need to get a degree but if thats what op wants to do then thats fine
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(Original post by nikkiblonsky)
no offense but both of those subjects are kind of useless and i would not suggest picking either
Why are they useless and what do you base this on?

(Original post by nikkiblonsky)
Ok so sorry if I came off a bit rude I didnt mean to come off like that! but imo I just dont think any of the two would be as useful as a degree in say music and engineering because you can learn about both by just reading books about the topics so I dont think you need to get a degree but if thats what op wants to do then thats fine
Maybe you should read the OP again and understand what the OP is asking.
Maybe the OP doesnt have music and engineering as an option as they are obviously first on everyones list, but not everyone has the ability.
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Why are they useless and what do you base this on?


Maybe you should read the OP again and understand what the OP is asking.
Maybe the OP doesnt have music and engineering as an option as they are obviously first on everyones list, but not everyone has the ability.
hmm true
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Hi, bit late, but hopefully you're still interested!
So, firstly, have you checked the curriculum where you're studying? I agree, Hitler gets really boring, and I was glad to be rid of it when I did A Levels! For my A Levels we did completely different topics, like the English Civil War and the Crusades, so I'd check just to be sure you're not interested in the topics - a lot of colleges have been asked by unis to teach different topics because they're a bit tired of teaching students who only know about Hitler.

For my A Levels I did Ancient History - although my college didn't offer Classics. I wouldn't have gone with it if they had, though. Personally, I love History and actual facts that can be shaped into stories, whereas Classics is actually stories! If you like Homer and Virgil - poetry and long stories, then go for Classics. If you like actual History, Ancient History is closest to it!
Thank you so much. I knew there was a decent amount of crossover, but the facts vs stories distinction is really helpful.
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