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The Sacred Heart Language College


Curriculum statement - Classical Studies

‘Confident in God’s love for us, we commit ourselves to His service’

‘Education of the mind without education of the heart is no education at all’



Classical Civilisation GCSE arms our students with powerful knowledge and tools from the ancient world that help them succeed in our modern one.

It is one of the most varied and interdisciplinary of all subjects, featuring a wide range of topics including the study of literature, history, art and religion.

Our intent is therefore not only to teach the appropriate examination specification but also to:

  •  Provide students with the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and sources which will inspire and motivate them to engage further with the Classical world
  • To encourage students to respond critically and engage with a wealth of sources and ideas, thus equipping them with advanced analytical skills
  • To engender and foster a love of and genuine interest in the Classical world, regardless of prior knowledge and/or study
  • To encourage students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the links between modern society and that of the Classical world and hence an enhanced awareness of what makes us ‘human’