Head of Department: Miss A. Ewing
GCSE Ancient History is a fascinating English Baccalaureate qualifying course that involves the study of people and events across the ancient Greece, Rome, Persia, Egypt, the art, architecture and religions. The period studied, between 800 BCE and 200 CE, was when some of the most important events and intellectual innovations of human history occurred. This unique subject falls under the Classics umbrella and gives students a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the ancient world’s most charismatic leaders. It gives students a sense of perspective on the modern world and helps them to realise the profound influence and just how much of modern society can trace its origins back to the ancient world.
What will I study
The Persian Empire, 559-465 BC: Learn how Persian kings created the largest empire the world has ever seen. You will learn about their battles against the Greeks, including the famous battles at Marathon, Salamis and Thermopylae.
Alexander the Great 356-323 BC: You will study the origins of this legendary figure and how his campaigns against the Persian Empire influenced the course of history. You will learn about the military, religious and technological factors which enabled Alexander to conquer many lands.
The Foundations of Rome 753-440 BC: The mythical origins of Rome and how the country grew from Kingship to Democracy. You will learn about the complicated and conflict-ridden relationships between leaders, their peoples and other nations.
Cleopatra: 69-30 BC: You will learn about one of the most significant women in history. Her intelligence and alliances with the Romans, including Julius Caesar, changed not only her land of Egypt but the Roman Empire too – which lead to her downfall.
How will I be assessed
Assessment is by two written exams, each 1 hour 45 minutes in length.
Anything else I need to know
Anyone can study Ancient History! No prior knowledge is assumed – everything is taught from scratch.
You will be able to apply the skills you have learnt in KS3 History directly. There is no disadvantage to starting Ancient History in year 10.
You will learn to analyse and solve problems, interpret literary and visual evidence critically and to present clear, persuasive and informed arguments.
Ancient History is a highly regarded subject by colleges, universities and employers. Ancient History is excellent preparation for a range of careers, including law, journalism, marketing, publishing, education, archaeology, museum work, politics and the civil service.