This NEW course is designed for teachers new to the demands of A Level Classical Civilisation, whether new to the profession, coming to the subject from a different specialism, or returning to the subject since the 2017 reforms. It offers a practical approach from which delegates can take away a range of highly effective teaching strategies, an understanding of the assessment criteria, and an appreciation of the unique characteristics of Classical Civilisation.

The course also focuses on the tone and style of Classical Civilisation essay writing, as opposed to other A Level subjects, and how to ensure that your students do well in 2021 and 2022. There will be examples of essays to discuss, to consider the strengths and weaknesses of students’ work through the eyes of an experienced examiner.

The course also offers teachers a chance to deepen their knowledge, expand their range of teaching methods and strategies, take away strong approaches to support students in their learning, their revision, and ultimate success in the exams.


  • Develop your appreciation for the tenor of A Level Classical Civilisation
  • Deepen your understanding of subject specific writing style, assessment criteria and marking by examining exemplar student work.
  • Take away a range of teaching strategies and methods to support students of all abilities to success
  • Find out how to access the highest marks for each component – achieving A and A* grades
  • Take away strategies for developing students’ understanding of examination questions and subject content

DATE & LOCATION:  Online | Thursday 14 October 2021

London | Thursday 27 January 2022

  • Heads of Classics
  • New teachers of A level Classical Civilisation
  • NQTs
  • Subject non-specialists
  • Subject returners
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


The key elements of the A Level Course

1.00pm – 1.30pm

  • Technical, structural overview from the examiner’s perspective
  • Discussion of the challenges experienced by all delegates
  • Explore what characterises and distinguishes A Level Classical Civilisation from other subjects
  • Establish where the priorities and pitfalls lie in the course

Teaching the Content

1.30 – 2.15pm

  • Explore what good teaching looks like in the Classical Civilisation classroom
  • Subject specific methodology versus the broader Humanities style
  • Developing skills for learning about Ideas & Concepts, and Visual & Material Culture
  • Consider how to engage with and motivate our cohorts

15 Min Break

Classical Civilisation Essay Writing

2.30pm -3.30pm

  • Establish the characteristics of an A Level Classical Civilisation essay
  • Consider what makes an appropriate essay structure
  • Get the inside-track on the tricky Scholarship requirement
  • Explore what makes for meaningful feedback
  • Take away exemplar material showing how, and how not, to gain top marks

New to Teaching Texts

3.30 – 4.15pm

  • Explore approaches to the delivery of textual material as a newcomer
  • Cracking the methodology: shortcuts and easy wins
  • Identify where to spend time and how to save it when exploring texts
  • Support for lower ability students and stretch for the top end
  • What good applied textual knowledge looks like to the examiner
  • 10min break if needed

Exam Techniques and Preparation Tactics

4.25 – 5.15pm

  • Making revision effective – a range of practical strategies that maximise efficiency
  • Knowledge is power – memory skills and information retention for Classical Civilisation
  • On the day – what students can do in the exam hall to maximise their results
  • Expert advice – simple tactics to keep the examiner onside

Ben Tanner

Ben is Head of Humanities at RGS Worcester, with ten years experience as Head of Classics. He has significant experience of teaching both OCR and AQA Classical Civilisation specifications, in a range of educational contexts, and has recently been an AQA A Level examiner.