What is it?
Ancient history investigates Ancient Rome and Greece. From the campaigns of Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar’s assassination, you will come face-to-face with history’s biggest winners and greatest losers.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
The study of classics through ancient history is well respected by universities and employers and combines with a wide range of subjects. Recent educational visits have included Athens and Rome. We also have regular visits from top academics and TV historians.
What skills will I develop?
Ancient history prepares you well for your next steps by developing your written and oral communication skills, as well as your skills of evaluation, analysis and critical thinking. The course will also improve your cultural understanding. This is a broad subject which combines well with many other courses.
How will I be taught?
A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used including discussion and debate, group work, paired work, e-learning and independent research.
How will I be assessed?
We have a very experienced teaching team for ancient history with both teachers having examined for the exam board. One of our teachers, Peter Wright, was awarded TES ”outstanding teacher of the year’.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
In the Lower Sixth we run a visit to Rome and Pompeii, and in the Upper Sixth to Athens and Delphi. Local visits have included Chester, Liverpool University / Egyptology department, and London. We also have links with Oxford North archaeology and organise work experience placements. We also organise for university lecturers to visit and speak on aspects of the course.
Where does it lead?
Ancient history prepares you for a wide range of university courses as it develops your skills of evaluation, analysis and critical thinking. Courses include ancient/modern history, archeology and English literature. Ancient history is also a very strong supporting subject for many university courses due to the high regard it is held in. The skills developed allow students to follow careers in teaching, tourism and heritage, journalism, local government and management. Each year students progress to the top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language. You do not need to have studied history before.
None specific required.