Ancient Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Dr Barbara Harding

In this subject students will study Classical Greek and Roman culture and history from  500BC to 23BC. We study 2 history topics; ‘The Greek/Persian Wars’ and ‘The Fall of the Roman Republic.’  We also look at Greek drama and/or religion, making connections between them and the contemporary world.


The school assessment tasks consist of 4 Skills and Application Tasks, 2 of which are completed under supervised conditions. A further 2 assessment tasks make connections between different societies, whether they be in the ancient, classical or contemporary world. These assignments can take on a variety of forms i.e. essays, short answers, multi-modal, oral, or creative writing.


The externally assessed component is an Inquiry on a topic of the student’s own choice. This can be done as an essay, maximum 2000 words, or in multimodal form or as an oral, maximum 12 minutes. There is no SACE examination in this subject.


School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Skills & Applications (50%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Connections (20%)

External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Inquiry (30%)


This subject is accepted for entry to tertiary courses including university courses.