In this syllabus, Classical Studies is defined as the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome in the Classical period. Cambridge International AS and A Level Classical Studies aim to provide candidates with an understanding and appreciation of Classical civilisations.
The study of Classical civilisations is valuable because:
- They form the basis for the Western traditions of art, literature, philosophy, political thought and science which have shaped the modern world.
- Greek and Roman works of art, literature, philosophy, etc., have an intrinsic interest and quality and represent some of the highest achievements of humankind. Their study is relevant to many issues of contemporary society.
- The multi-disciplinary nature of Classical Studies, which combines different areas of study such as literature, history of art, history, science and others, leads to a greater understanding of the relationship between different intellectual disciplines and encourages students to make connections between them.
Cambridge International A Level Classical Studies provides a suitable foundation for the study of Classical Studies or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in archaeology, arts and humanities, or as part of a course of general or foundational education.
Examinations take place in June and November.