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ANCIENT HISTORY

SUBJECT OVERVIEW


From September 2017, the History department is excited to offer a new GCSE in Ancient History. This qualification will enable students to develop their understanding of the ancient world, including its military, political, religious, social and cultural history. It will also allow students to appreciate the legacy of the ancient world in today’s society.


Much as with traditional GCSE History, students will develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. However, the study of the ancient world presents a unique challenge, as ancient historians today rely on fewer sources than are available for modern history. This means our interpretation of events often relies on very scarce evidence, and students must tread carefully when considering the reliability of sources.


Yet exploring the very roots of western civilisation has its rewards. Students of Ancient History will embark upon two

period studies and two depth studies, each with its own fascinating area of the ancient world to uncover.


THE PERSIAN EMPIRE


This period study of just over 90 years (559 - 465 BC) traces the rise of the mighty Persian Empire under Cyrus the Great, the subsequent conquest of Egypt, and the momentous conflict that followed between Persia and the ancient Greek city states of Athens and Sparta. Alexander the Great: This depth study of 33 years (356 - 323 BC) follows the legendary life of Alexander the Great, who unified Greece, conquered Persia and forged an empire that stretched as far as India.


THE FOUNDATIONS OF ROME


This period study of over 300 years (753-440 BC) focuses on the origins of Rome from the mythical founder Romulus, through to the foundation of the early Roman Republic.


BRITANNIA, FROM CONQUEST TO PROVINCE


This depth study of approximately 40 years (43 - 84 AD) focuses on the conquest of Britain by the Emperor Claudius and the renowned resistance campaigns of tribal leaders such as Caratacus and Boudicca.



Students undertake two written examinations in OCR Ancient History on ‘Greece and Persia’ and ‘Rome and its neighbours’. Each exam lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. There is no coursework for Ancient History.


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