Level 3 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Ladd

Entry Requirements

14 credits in Level 2 Classical Studies, History or English, or 14 credits from an appropriate subject at the discretion of the TIC Classical Studies and/or Head of Social Sciences. 


Level Three Classical Studies aims, through a study of the people, places and events of the classical world, to give students an understanding of their place in a bicultural society. In order to do so, they need to understand the societies that have laid the foundations for the world in which we live. It is an interdisciplinary subject engaging literature, languages, art, history, science, religion and philosophy. Students will explore community, cultural identity, values and perspectives.

The Learning Objectives:

  1. To encourage students to think critically about human behaviour and relationships, so they can appreciate the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome and through this understand the past and present and imagine possible futures.
  2. To understand and explain the relationships between social, political and artistic aspects of the classical world, using primary and secondary sources, and explain different perspectives and how these aspects influenced the lives of Greeks and Romans living in those times.
  3. To understand how and why ideas and values of the classical world have influenced other cultures, including New Zealand, such as the influence of classical architecture.

Classics will also help you to achieve University Entrance (as an approved subject), and will support your growth as a reader and writer across the curriculum. This is an academic course where you will be required to read and appreciate literature and language.

This course is entirely made up of Achievement Standards, with 22 ‘core’ credits that students must complete. 

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences