Hey guys, so i am currently a year 11 student and i am thinking of picking Ancient History at A-Level. would you guys recommend it? I heard some people saying that the subject is boring and there is too much work to do... Any replies are appreciated Thank

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Just want some info on the over all subject. like the content nd stuff. I dont want to make any wrong choices thank you 

Posted Fri 28th December, 2012 @ 19:57 by Manzar

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Depends on the course and exam board you do. The (OCR I think) one we do at my college is pretty good. There's a lot of sources to read but you don't need to know them to the extent you probably think. It's a bit like R.E or English, you just need to have a quote bank of phrases you can use which relate to a whole ton of stuff.

I guess for some people it is boring, for myself however it isn't. I've continued it to A2 and let me tell you this, if you like history then do it. 

My AS level covered:

Sparta - the political systems of Greek polis (city states), the Peloponnesian War and the Greco-Persian Wars. This sounds like a lot but it isn't; we used something like five different source for all of it.

Roman Britain - literally just Caesar, Claudius and Augustus. It was a bit tedious and a bit dull but the questions were fairly decent; you won't fail this one if you know a dozen+ quotes and some good archaelogical research.

A2 is a bit more difficult because it's more essay based; there's no context questions like there are on the AS paper. But, by A2 you tend to figure out how to write the essays and how to answer the question (my tried and tested method is simply; three bullet points, one for, one against, one my conclusion and then write it - but this is only for during the exams).

Answered Sat 9th March, 2013 @ 03:37 by Kathryn.C