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Ancient History is only available as OCR GCSE. It is 100% exam based assessment so is accessible to home educators.

Classical Civilisation could be a complementary or alternative qualification.

Ancient History covers Roman, Greek and Persian History.

*For assessments in 2021 content was reduced, a similar proposal has been made for 2022 but not yet confirmed. Check the specification page for updates.*

OCR Ancient History GCSE

OCR GCSE Ancient History page and specification

  • Exams from: June 2019
  • Available in June
  • Specification code: J198


Subject Content

Content is broken in to 2 components. The topic areas selected for this specification range from the 8th century BC to the 1st century AD.

Component 1: Greece and Persia

Compulsory period study: The Persian Empire, 559–465 BC

Choice of one Depth Study from:

  • From Tyranny to Democracy, 546—483 BC
  • Athens in the Age of Pericles, 462—429 BC
  • Alexander the Great, 356—323 BC.

Component 2: Rome and its neighbours

Compulsory longer period study: The foundations of Rome: from kingship to republic, 753–440 BC

Choice of one Depth Study from:

  • Hannibal and the Second Punic War, 218—201 BC
  • Cleopatra: Rome and Egypt, 69—30 BC
  • Britannia: from conquest to province, AD 43 — c. 84.


Assessment

100% exam based.

  • Paper 1 - Greece and Persia - 1hr 45mins - 100 marks + 5 SPaG marks - 50%
    • The examination comprises a mixture of short and long-answer questions, and is presented in four sections.
    • Section A consists of 60 marks. Section A will assess learners’ knowledge and understanding of the Persian period study. 5 marks are available for SPaG in Section A.
    • Students will need to answer one of Section B, Section C or Section D depending on which Greek depth study they have studied. Sections B, C and D all consist of 45 marks.
  • Paper 2 - Rome and its neighbours - 1hr 45mins - 100 marks + 5 SPaG marks - 50%
    • The examination comprises a mixture of short and long-answer questions, and is presented in four sections.
    • Section A consists of 60 marks. Section A will assess learners’ knowledge and understanding of the Roman longer period study. 5 marks are available for SPaG in Section A.
    • Students will need to answer one of Section B, Section C or Section D depending on which Roman depth study they have studied. Sections B, C and D all consist of 45 marks.


Resources

Textbooks

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OCR Ancient History GCSE Component 1- Greece and Persia; By Sam Baddeley, Paul Fowler, Lucy Nicholas and James Renshaw. Published by Bloomsbury

OCR Ancient History GCSE Component 2 - Rome; By Paul Fowler, Christopher Grocock and James Melville. Published by Bloomsbury

Facebook group

Ancient History GCSE (Home Education) Facebook group

Websites

The Classics Library

World History Encyclopaedia

Distance Learning

Many home-educated students study Ancient History GCSE successfully using just the textbook and free online resources, but some find a distance learning course suits their family better, or want to use a tutor occasionally for marking essays or past papers. Course providers can be found on the Distance Learning Providers page.

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