classical studiesThe study of the Classical world has an extremely proud and long heritage at the Royal High School, originally incorporated into its Royal Charter in medieval times.
Classical Studies is a study of the civilisations of classical Greece and Rome without involving the study of the Greek or Latin languages. The classical culture of Greece and Rome dominated the European world for approximately half of recorded history and all aspects of modern society are based upon the developments and attitudes of this culture. As such, Classical Studies is a huge discipline and will help to deepen students’ understanding of the modern world.
Students study a wide variety of different topics including religious, social, philosophical, cultural historical and literary. Many lessons are student led, with ample opportunity for group and creative tasks. Mainly however at higher, we focus on the political and social history, and ask questions such as what is the best way to run a country? Why would someone ever be a slave?


  • Classical Drama
  • Religion & Belief: Athens
  • Power & Freedom: Rome
  • Assignment (externally marked by SQA)
  • Exam (externally marked by SQA

SQA Information


All students are introduced to the theory of learning in S1, and can identify higher and lower order thinking skills. The development of skills is embedded within every lesson within the department these kills can include:

  • Evaluation and Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Personal Reflection
  • Presentation of data
  • Evaluation and analysis of data
  • Research skills
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Debating
  • Working with others
  • Expressing and defending personal opinions
  • Literacy



Employers view Classical Studies in a wide variety of fields, largely due to the skills which are practiced, as well as the ability to communicate, and analyse effectively. Areas in which Classical Studies is viewed positively are as follows:

  • Archaeology
  • Museum, Curatorship
  • The armed forces or police force
  • Law
  • Journalism, or any other form of expressive writing profession
  • Philosophy
  • Teaching
  • Travel groups
  • Organised religious institutions
  • Charities and other Non-Governmental Institutions