History (Ancient)

What does the course involve?

You will explore the foundations of Western society, developing the skills to evaluate implications of events which are still felt today. The course allows you to draw parallels with modern times by exploring issues such as the rise and fall of great powers, great leaders and their impact on history, as well as the development of political systems.

Course Outline

The course will explore the wars of the Greek world vs Persia, highlighting the birth of Western culture as a result of the Greek victory, allowing you to discover the truth behind films like 300. We will also examine the rise and fall of the Athenian Empire through her wars with Sparta and finish on the question of ‘how great’ was Alexander the Great’? During your second year you will look at the creation of the Emperor of Rome and the conflicts leading to the creation of Imperator Caesar Augustus. We will meet figures such as Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra and trace the foundations of the Roman Empire which cemented Western political and cultural power still in evidence today.


Examination 100%

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6 including English. You do not need to have studied GCSE History, but if you have, you should have at least Grade 6.


History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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