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National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Classical Studies

Leaving Certificate Classical Studies is concerned with the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome in all their manifestations and with their continuing influence on the modern world. It is the study of the languages, culture, history, literature, art and architecture, drama and philosophy of these ancient civilisations. By understanding the political, military, religious, philosophical, technological, artistic, and aesthetic developments of the ancient Greeks and Romans, students learn how the past continues to inform the present and influences the cultures and languages of the modern world.

The process of developing a new Leaving Certificate Classical Studies specification began in November 2016.  The specification has been approved by Council of NCCA for public consultation and may be viewed here.

The consultation survey is available here and will remain open until 5pm on Friday 1st March 2019.

The Classical Studies Development Group consists of nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills and the State Examinations Commission.

A new Leaving Certificate Classical Studies specification is in development.

The current Leaving Certificate Classical Studies syllabus is available here.

It is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.