A' Level Ancient History (AS)


Course Code EDOCALHR02

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain A Level Ancient History. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level Ancient History is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level Ancient History exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A Level Ancient History course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

Objectives of the A' Level Ancient History(AS)

The objectives of the A-level Ancient History course is:

  • To give a knowledge and understanding of the Greek and Roman ancient world through direct study of original sources.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the set texts chosen for study.
  • To further and enhance their historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.


Course Features

Your A' Level Ancient History (AS) Course:

    The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the course in Ancient History will help you to; to gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through direct study of the original sources.It will help you to further and enhance your historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the A' Level Ancient History (AS) course is: 1 Years / 180 Hours

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Key Topics

The OCR AS A-level in Ancient History is divided into two units. These are:

  • Unit AH1 (Entry Code F391) Option 1: Athenian Democracy in the fifth century BC
  • Unit AH2 (Entry Code F392) Option 3: Britain in the Roman Empire
  • Students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the OCR specification for the A-level GCE in Ancient History. The document can be downloaded as a pdf file, alongside further student support and assessment materials at: www.ocr.org.uk


The AS and A2 modules link together and assessment is all done by examination as there is no coursework option.
Students are required to arrange and pay for examinations, students should note exam dates for the syllabus via the exam board website. Details of examination dates and examination enrolment deadlines are included in the 'Student Welcome Pack'.

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

AS Units AH1 and AH2
Each unit is worth 50% of the total marks available for the AS GCE, and 25% for the A2 GCE if taken. The papers are each 90 minutes long and each carry 100 marks.

Unit AH1: Option 1 Greek history from original sources
Section A: commentary question (45 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having three sub sections.

Section B: essay question (55 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is given for each of the essay questions.

Unit AH2: Option 3 Roman history from original sources
Section A: commentary question (45 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having three sub sections.

Section B: essay question (55 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is given for each of the essay questions.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

Though the A-level builds on the course content of the Classical Civilisation GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking A-level Ancient History.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive online materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

Your tutor will give you various resource sites to visit and there is extra material in the student support portal. In addition there are several supporting texts books for this course but again this depends on which approach you are following and which book best suits your individual needs

OCR recommend 150-180 guided learning hours for AS.

Further information can be obtained through OCR. The final assessment criteria and structure is the same regardless of which approach you choose.

Home Study Resources

AH1: Greek History through the original sources. Option 1: Athenian Democracy (Entry Code F391)

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;
- Aristotle’s Athenian Constitution (The Ath.Pol)
- Aristophanes’ plays the Acharnians, the Knights and the Wasps
- Herodotus’ Histories Plato’s, Apology
- Plutarch’s Life of Nicias
- ‘The Old Oligarch’
- Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
- Xenophon’s Recollections and History of Greece

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material and all of these ancient sources can be read in translation online for free online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

You can also obtain these sources in the recommended translations from Penguin publishers or LACTOR.
- LACTOR II The Old Oligarch
- LACTOR V Athenian Democracy

AH2: Roman History through the original sources. Option 3: Roman Britain (Entry Code F392)

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access a number of Ancient sources including;
- Caesar’s Gallic War
- Cicero’s Letters to Atticus
- Horace’s Odes, 1.35.29–30, 3.5.1–4
- Strabo’s Geography
- Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars
- Tacitus, Agricola, Annals and Histories

You will also investigate archaeological evidence that tells us so much about the lives and society of Britain under the rule of the Romans.

These sources (both literary and archaeological) are from the following LACTOR publications;
- LACTOR IV Inscriptions of Roman Britain.
- LACTOR XI Literary sources for Roman Britain.


The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:

OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Classics: Ancient History H042

Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

Examination Board: OCR
Examination Codes: H042

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As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the A' Level Ancient History (AS) home study course and earn your award:

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Award Level: A' Level (AS)

Awarding Body: OCR (www.ocr.org.uk)

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Course Outline

The A' Level Ancient History (AS) course is divided into two comprehensive Units:

OCR Advanced Subsidiary (AS-level) in GCE Classics: Ancient History (H042)

Unit AH1 (Entry Code F391) Option 1:
Athenian Democracy in the fifth century BC

The principal focus of this unit is the handling of original sources as an historian. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the nature of historical evidence; the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context. Candidate should be able to demonstrate interpretation, analysis and evaluation of the sources in context.

The literary sources:
Aristophanes, Acharnians – 1–203, Wasps – 891–1008, Knights – 147–395 Constitution of the Athenians 21.1–22.6, 23.4f, 22.5
Herodotus, 5.66, 5.69 The Old Oligarch
Plato, Apology 17cd, 34bc
Plutarch, Nicias, 11.1–6
Thucydides 2. 35–46, 65; 4.26–30
Xenophon, Recollections 3.7.6 (ARD 128)
Xenophon, History of Greece, 1.7 (ARD 325)

Candidates must be prepared to answer commentary questions on passages taken from any of the material prescribed above. In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of: the nature and distinctiveness of ancient Athenian democracy; the nature and level of participation in the democratic system (including critiques of this system) by the population of Attica, including citizens, women, metics and slaves; the workings of the assembly (ekklesia), the council (boule), and the role and function of magistrates (archons) and generals (strategoi) and ostracism; courts and their role in democracy; the role and significance of prominent individuals (Cleisthenes, Perikles, Ephialtes, Cleon), as represented in the sources and the importance of rhetoric and public speaking for leadership in Athens.

Unit AH2 (Entry Code F392) Option 3:
Britain in the Roman Empire

The principal focus of this unit is the handling of original sources as an historian. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the nature of historical evidence; the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context. Candidate should be able to demonstrate interpretation, analysis and evaluation of the sources in context.

The literary sources:
Caesar, Gallic War 4.20–38; 5. 8–23
Cicero, Letters to Atticus, 4.15.10, 4.16.7, 4.18.5
Dio, 49.38.2, 53.22.5, 53.25.2, 55.23.2, 55.23.3, 55.23.5, 59.25.1–3, 60.19.1– 60.22.2, 60.23.1–60.23.6, 60.30.2, 62.1.1–62.3.4, 62.7.1–62.9.2, 62.12.1–62.12.6
Horace, Odes, 1.35.29–30, 3.5.1–4
SHA (Scriptores Historriae Augustae), Hadrian 5.1–5.2, 11.2, Antoninus Pius, 5.4
Strabo, Geography 2.5.8, 4.5.1–4
Suetonius, The Deified Julius, 25.125.2, 47;Caligula, 44.2, 46.1;Claudius, 13.2, 17.1–17.3, 21.6, 24.3; Nero, 18, 39.1;Vespasian, 4.1–4.2
Tacitus, Agricola
Tacitus, Annals 2.24, 11.19, 12.23, 12.31–40, 14. 29–39
Tacitus, Histories 1.2, 1.9, 1.59–60, 2.66, 3.44–45
Tibullus, 3.7.147–150

The archaeological sources:
Gold stater of Tincommius (Van Arsdell 375)
Gold stater of Tasciovinius (Van Arsdell 1780)
Silver coin of Eppillus (Van Arsdell 415)
Gold stater of Verica (Van Arsdell 520)
Gold stater of Cunobelinus (Van Arsdell 2025)
Gold coin of Cunobelius (Van Arsdell 2095)
Aureus of Claudius (RIC Claudius 9 = BMC Claudius 32)
Sestertius of Hadrian (RIC Hadrian 845)
Longinus Sdapeze (RIB 201)
Dannicus (RIB 108)
Sex. Valerius Genialis (RIB 109)
Rufus Sita (RIB 121)
M Favonius Facilis (RIB 200)
Julius Classicanius, procurator (RIB 12)
T. Valerius Pudens (RIB 258)
C. Calventius Celer (RIB 475)
Titus Pontius Sabinus (ILS 2726)
Arch of Claudius (ILS 216)
Mendip lead pig (RIB 2.1.2404.1)
Chester lead water-pipe (RIB 2.3.2434.1)
Verulamium forum inscription (JRS 46 146–7)
Commemorative tablet from York (RIB 665)
Altars to Neptune and Oceanus (RIB 1319 and 1320)
Milecastle 38 building inscription (RIB 1638)
Halton Chesters dedication slab (RIB 1427)
Vindolanda tablet military strength report (Tab. Vindol. 2.154)
Vindolanda tablet about British cavalry (Tab. Vindol. 2.164)

Candidates must be prepared to answer commentary questions on passages taken from any the material prescribed above. In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of: Roman views of pre-conquest Britain: Caesar’s invasions, Celtic societies and links with Rome up to AD 43; Claudius’ invasion and the early conquest period, to c. AD 60 – resistance and co-operation; Boudicca’s Rebellion and its aftermath; Expansion north under Agricola and earlier governors of Britain; Frontier policy from Agricola to Antoninus Pius and the withdrawal back to Hadrian’s Wall, c. AD 160; Roman views of British economy and society after AD 43, as represented by the sources.

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The enrolment fee for the A' Level Ancient History (AS) home study course is £268.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £215 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

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When you enrol with us we want you to know you're getting the best course with the most comprehensive support structure at the best price. We're proud to offer you our Price Match Guarantee.

It's simple. We're so confident that we're offering you a fantastic deal - we'll refund the difference if you find the exact same course on any other UK website within 7 days of your purchase.

To request a price match refund, please fill out the form below including: the name of the website where the product is cheaper, your full name, telephone number and email if available. You will receive an automated acknowledgment of your request, and we will review the details and reply to you via email within three business days.

Upon our acceptance of your refund request, please allow 14 days for delivery of your refund which will be credited as a second transaction on your credit or debit card. The time taken for the refund to appear on your credit or debit card statement varies so the amount may not show on your next statement.

Please note: to avoid potential abuse and to enable us to honour our price-match refund guarantee to genuine customers, the acceptance of all refund requests is ultimately at the discretion of Home Study Expert, who will at all times act reasonably and in good faith.

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Award Level A' Level (AS)
Format Online / Paper
Study Time 1 Years / 180 Hours
Entry Requirements No Entry Requirements
£268.75 £215.00
£215.00 deposit + 4 monthly payments of £53.75 £40.31 £40.31 £53.75
Ex Tax: £215.00

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