Study Classical Studies at Ashfield College

Leaving Certificate Classical Studies can be studied as a one or two year programme, either as a full-time day school student or as an external student as an ‘extra subject’.


Course commences in early September 2019 for 30 weeks.


Subject Group; Humanities

Classical Studies takes place two evenings per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for 90 minute classes commencing in early September 2019.

Classical Studies is concerned with the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome.  It includes history, literature, art and architecture, drama and philosophy. Students who have studied Classical Studies at Junior Certificate level will have received a good introduction to the Greco-Roman world. However, it is by no means essential for the study of Leaving Certificate Classical Studies.

Teacher Profile

John-KilroyJohn Kilroy

B.A. (Hons), H Dip Ed, U.C.D.

Subjects: History, Classical Studies, English

John has more than 25 years’ experience of teaching and management in both Ireland and England. He has been an Assistant Examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical Studies for several years and is the published author of Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in Education Supplements in the National Press.

“John Kilroy’s notes are a life saver!
John keeps you interested throughout the year, engaging with each student.”

Rosaleen Aljohmani, Leaving Cert

“John is not just a great teacher, he is a great mentor for the Leaving Cert.”

Stephanie Grace, Repeat Leaving Cert

Subject Content
The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of Classical Studies under the following headings:

  • Roman Art & Architecture
  • Alexandra the Great
  • Greek Drama
  • Ancient Epic

Exam Structure

The leaving cert exam is three hours in duration. Students are now required to answer six questions, doing at least one question from each of the four sections listed above.

To discuss whether Classical Studies  would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and – data correct as of 27/7/2015