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 -
THE FOUNDATIONS OF ROME
This period study of over 300 years (753-
BRITANNIA, FROM CONQUEST TO PROVINCE
This depth study of approximately 40 years (43 -
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.
Mr M Blandford
Mr S Gray
Mr I Kelly
Mrs C Martin
Mr J Taylor
Miss A Ward