Ancient History

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Ancient History (J198)

Course Outline – What will I learn?

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Ancient History has been designed to help learners develop their understanding of the ancient world and the legacy of the ancient world in today’s society.


Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of the military, political, religious, social and cultural history of the ancient world, allowing students to be able to consider the events studied within the context of the history of the ancient world.

Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of what we believe happened in ancient times and the ancient sources to justify our belief, and reach substantiated conclusions which take into account the reliability of the available ancient sources.

How will it be assessed?

Paper 1 – 50% of the total marks

Paper 2 – 50% of the total marks

Coursework is not applicable for this subject.

What parents need to know

There will be homework at least once a fortnight, and at times weekly; we set reading comprehension as well as practice questions and research and retrieval tasks.

Revision guides are a useful resource to support learning in lessons, there are a number of revision guides available. 

Paper 1 is composed of 2 units; The Persian Empire, 559 – 465 BC and a Depth Study on Alexander the Great, 356 – 323 BC

Paper 2 is also composed of 2 units; The foundations of Rome: from kingship to republic, 753 – 440 BC and a Depth Study on Cleopatra: Rome and Egypt, 69 – 30 BC 

Potential further study and careers

GCSE Ancient History is an extremely desirable qualification for a wide range of careers, including but not exclusively, journalism, the law, social work, civil service and local government, tourism, teaching, tour guide, libraries,museums, Higher Education and research.

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