AS Level Classical Greek2018-04-06T10:32:11+00:00

AS Level Classical Greek

Exam Board: OCR The Course and teaching

This is an AS Level only.

The course will be taught over two years. We will start by focusing on extending your knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through continued linguistic study, wider reading and by studying passages of Classical Greek. Much of the grammar will have been taught at GCSE, but this is thoroughly revised and extended at A Level, with the aim of increasing reading fluency of Greek texts. You will regularly be given graded passages of Greek prose for unseen translation in order to build up your translation skills. As we progress, the range of Greek authors you read in the original Latin will broaden and in this way you will build confidence in your awareness and understanding of vocabulary, accidence and syntax and also gain a deeper insight into Ancient Greek culture. To this end, extended reading in English will be done alongside your studies of Greek texts. Studying set texts of Classical Greek literature will be the focus at the second year of the course. You will be reading authors such as Plato and Euripides. You will learn to evaluate and respond to these works of Classical Greek literature, analysing the authors’ use of language and thus extending the literary critical skills that you developed at GCSE.

Exams and Assessment

Content Overview Assessment Assessment
Learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose texts in Classical Greek to become familiar with the vocabulary in the Defined Vocabulary List and prescribed syntax and accidence. Language (01)
80 marks
1 hour 30 minutes
Written paper
50% of total AS Level
Learners study in depth one prose set text and one verse set text. Learners should have an awareness of the immediate literary context from which the set texts have been taken. Literature (02)
80 marks
2 hours
Written paper
50% of total AS Level


Dr N. Gilbert and Dr G. Gilbert

University Courses and Careers

Classical Greek is very highly regarded at AS and A Level and is recognised as a marker of outstanding academic ability. This AS course directly complements subjects such as Latin, modern languages, history, English literature, drama and religious studies, although many keen scientists have also found the language aspects in particular both stimulating and rewarding.

In addition, university admissions tutors and employers often comment that a good grade at Classical Greek GCSE, let alone AS or A Level, suggests a powerful, inquisitive and disciplined mind. Undoubtedly offering perhaps the ultimate training for the brain, Greek embodies many of the same skills developed by the study of Latin, whilst also presenting a fresh challenge to the most aspirational and committed pupils: it develops a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally; it hones the students’ understanding of English and ability to cope with a wide variety of modern languages; it encourages clear and effective written communication. It is well recognised that, like Latin, the study of Classical Greek results in an effective problem solving mind-set while, being less rigidly structured than Latin, it enhances the learner’s capacity for lateral, as well as logical thinking. It suffices to look at our ‘Classics Wall of Fame’ to realise that people who have delved into Classical Greek to any level have gone to become highly achieving writers, actors, politicians, scientists, archaeologists, historians, TV presenters, computing gurus, bankers, or merely all-rounded philanthropists.