Ancient History

Awarding Body / Specification No:  OCR A Level Ancient History H407

What will you be learning?

The A-Level course spans two years and covers topics within ancient Roman and ancient Greek history. There are four units that you will study, these include:

Greek Period Study:

Relations between Greek states and between Greek and non-Greek states 492-404BC.

This includes studying the relationship between Athens and Sparta, the Peloponnesian War and Greece’s relationship with Persia.

  • Greek Depth Study:

The Rise of Macedon, 359-323BC.

This includes studying Philip of Macedonia and the rise of his son Alexander The Great.

  • Roman Period Study:

The Julio Claudian Emperors 31BC- AD68.

This includes the study of the military, social, religious and political issues surrounding the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius and Nero.

Roman Depth Study:

The Breakdown of the Late Republic 88-31BC.

This includes the study of the political, social and economic factors that the late Roman Republic faced, with a particular focus on the actions of Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great.


Entry requirements

GCSE: Humanities subject – Grade 5

English – Grade 5


How is the course examined or assessed?

At the end of the two year course you will sit two exam papers which are equally weighted. These exam papers are a mixture of question types including essay, interpretation and source based questions.

  • Component 1: Greek examination paper worth a total of 98 marks across 4 questions, that lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)
  • Component 2: Roman examination paper worth a total 98 marks across 4 questions, that lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)


What happens when you have finished?

At the end of your AS Level year (y12) you continue onto A2 (y13) to complete the course. Many students that study Ancient History choose to study it further at university through the study of History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Classics or Archaeology.