National 5 Classical Studies (Course Code: C815 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Classical Studies?

Classical Studies develops your knowledge and understanding of classical Greek and Roman civilisations by comparing these societies with the modern world. You will use investigating and analysing skills to understand, explain and link the classical and modern worlds.

Classical Studies also provides you with a useful background for work such as comparative literary studies, classical languages, archaeology, medieval studies and European studies.

Career Pathways

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What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

You will study the religious, political, social, moral and cultural values and practices of classical Greek and Roman societies. You will become more aware of issues affecting your own society, and globally, by comparing the classical world with the modern world. You will gain an understanding of the continuing impact and significance of the classical world today.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Life in Classical Greece

You will learn how to:

Classical Literature

You will learn how to:

Life in the Roman World

You will learn how to:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment consists of two components totalling 100 marks:

For the assignment you will be asked to choose an appropriate topic or issue which allows you to compare and contrast the classical Greek and/or Roman worlds with the modern world. You will carry out research and organise your findings to address the topic or issue.

Both the assignment component and question paper will be set and marked externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.  

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What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

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Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Classical Studies (National 5)