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New Ancient History and Classical Civilisation GCSEsEdit

Ancient History and Classical Civilisation are in the final group of reformed GCSEs. They are now suitable for private candidates as assessment is exam only.

  • First available for teaching Sept 2017
  • First exams Summer 2019.

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OCR Ancient History

Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-ancient-history-j198-from-2017/

OCR Classical Civilisation

Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-classical-civilisation-j199-from-2017/

OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE Edit

Specification Edit

Code J199

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/classical-civilisation-j199-from-2017/

The specification aims to offer learners the opportunity to study elements of the literature and visual/material culture of the classical world, and acquire an understanding of their social, historical and cultural contexts.

Component Group 1: Thematic Study Edit

Learners must study one component from

  • Myth and Religion (J199/11) or
  • Women in the Ancient World (J199/12)

These combine visual/material sources and involve a comparative study of ancient Greece and Rome.

90 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper, 50% of total GCSE (9–1)

Component Group 2: Literature and Culture Edit

Learners must study one component from:

  • The Homeric World (J199/21)
  • Roman City Life (J199/22)
  • War and Warfare (J199/23)

There are two elements - an in dpeth cultural study and a study of related literature.

90 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes, written paper, 50% of total GCSE (9–1)

Resources Edit

Textbook Edit

The textbook is chosen on the basis of the first component. And then includes all three group two options.

Either

OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE Route 1 Myth and Religion, by Ben Greenley, Dan Menashe and James Renshaw. Published by Bloomsbury

Or

OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE Route 2 Women in the Ancient World, by Robert Hancock-Jones, Dan Menashe and James Renshaw. Published by Bloomsbury

Facebook group Edit

Classical Civilisation GCSE (Home Education) Facebook group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/470649213432945/

Websites Edit

The Classics Library https://www.theclassicslibrary.com/

OCR Ancient History GCSE Edit

Specification code - J199
Format
2 written papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes.

Resources Edit

====OCR Classical Civilization A-levelEdit

NEC list the following as 'essential textbooks'

AS: 

Homer, The Odyssey, translation by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, Penguin Classics, 2003

Aeschylus, The Oresteia, translation by R. Fagles, Penguin Classics for Agamemnon, 1984

Sophocles, Electra and Other Plays, translation by D. Raeburn, Penguin Classics for Ajax, 2008

Euripides, Medea and Other Plays, translation by Vellacott, Penguin Classics for Medea, 2002

Euripides, Electra and Other Plays, translation by J. Davie, Penguin Classics for Trojan Women, 2004

A2:

Virgil, Aeneid, translation by D. West, Penguin Classics, 2003

Homer, Iliad, translation by M. Hammond, Penguin Classics, 1987

Homer, The Odyssey, translation by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, Penguin Classics, 2003

Woodford, S., An Introduction to Greek Art, Bloomsbury Academic, 1986

Emerson, M., Greek Sanctuaries: An Introduction, Bloomsbury Academic, 2007




The NEC course currently costs £495




CloudLearn.co.uk offer a course for £350 and have no recommended textbooks.  Everything is found for you and in printed form (as well as digital) with links in the online platform to extra resources.  Tutor marked assignments and self-assessment quizzes are throughout the course.  




Tutor RecommendationsEdit

Several members of the HE-Exams group have used Peter McNeely as a tutor - he can do Skype tutorials.



“I am a Classics teacher with an MA in Latin.  I am working for OCR as an examiner, and as a private tutor from home (in Lode, near Cambridge).  I would be happy to supply tutoring or support for any Classical subject (Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation) to pupils either individually, or as a small group.  If anyone would be interested, my email address is:  mcneely.peter@gmail.com “  

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