Ancient History

Course Summary:

As an Ancient History student you will immerse yourself in the evidence which the past has left behind. You will read all about the history of the Greeks and Romans, covering Athens and Sparta in the 5th Century BC and the rule of the Emperor Augustus. Enhance your learning by engaging in lively discussions and debates about how Ancient History shapes our present and will continue to impact our future.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Newcastle University – History
  • Kings College London – Ancient History
  • University of Manchester – Ancient History
  • MMU – Ancient and Medieval History

Career destinations:

An Ancient History qualification will demonstrate analytical skills and critical thinking. It is also a ‘facilitating subject’ valued by top universities, which will support your application for any HE course, including obvious choices in History, Archaeology and Law. Ancient History also opens up career opportunities that involve working with and understanding people, for example, working in Education, or being a Museum Curator or Archaeologist.

Entry Requirements:

A grade 4 or above in GCSE History is preferable, and essential if it has been studied at GCSE. If not, you’ll need a 4 or above in GCSE English Language.

Assessment Method:

100% exam


Ancient History offers an opportunity to explore the thoughts and the ideas of ancient Greeks and Romans.

For students wishing to delve more deeply into this subject the department has a wide range of classical literature including Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ and the work of other great classical poets.

Such background reading would be particularly beneficial to students wishing to apply to prestigious universities, including Oxbridge.

Student Case Studies:

Saneena Rahman

Saneena Rahman

“I find Ancient History very interesting because we learn about various constitutions and cultures that are very different from modern day life.However, there are some concepts that have been adapted and sound familiar in modern times and show how history can repeat itself in many ways such as in politics where the senate exists in Ancient Rome and in modern day America.When I leave OSFC I’m hoping to go on to study for a History and English language degree.”

Jupiter Heathcote-Marley

Jupiter Heathcote-Marley

“I’ve always had an interest in History, Ancient History in particular – and the fact that OSFC offered it was one of the reasons I chose this Colege. I’m glad I did as I’ve really enjoyed the subject – especially the Roman module.You’re encouraged to think critically here and voice your personal opinion and I find this very important in making education effective and engaging. When I leave College I plan to go on to university to study History or Philosophy.”