NCEA Level 2 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: G. Hampton

Recommended Prior Learning

14 credits in Level 1 History or English.

This course should be taken if you intend continuing with this subject at Level 3 (Year 13).

Classics is the study of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Both cultures have greatly influenced the development of Western civilisation. It is a multidisciplinary subject that covers history, art, literature and philosophy. 

In Classics we delve into the ancient world, learning about how the ancient cultures lived and comparing that to our own society. Students will develop essential skills such as the ability to gather, analyse and communicate information, to think laterally and creatively, to articulate unique points of view. 

At Level 2 there is an emphasis on the messages of Greek mythology, the idea of heroism  in the ancient world and investigating how the ancient Romans lived. 


  • Classical mythology;
  • The Greek hero Odysseus;
  • The destruction of the city of Pompeii; and
  • Greek and Roman Art and Architecture.

This course leads to a University Entrance approved subject.

Field trip: Potential architecture trip to Oamaru.


Social Science


NCEA Level 3 Classical Studies