A Level Greek

Why Study Classical Greek?

Greek is academically challenging and stimulating. It introduces pupils to some of the finest European literature and philosophy. It can be a discriminating factor on a CV, both for university and employment. It gives good linguistic experience for those who wish to explore other languages, such as Oriental languages, at university. Classicists are much sought after in Banking, Law, Journalism, Accountancy and the Arts because they have both logical and artistic skills.

Course Content

Language 1: 105 mins, 33%

Translation of Greek prose and Greek verse into English

Language 2: 75 mins, 17%

Comprehension on Greek prose including grammar analysis OR prose composition

Prose Literature: 1 exam, 120 mins, 25%

Prose Literature: Herodotus, Plato ‘Republic’ and Plutarch ‘Life of Antony’

Verse Literature: 1 exam, 120 mins,  25%

Verse Literature from: Homer ‘Iliad’ 16, Euripides ‘Hippolytus’ and Aristophanes ‘Frogs’


Pupils must have attained a minimum of a ‘7’ grade in GCSE Greek or equivalent, but ‘8/9’ is usual. The complexities of the language are such that it will suit pupils who enjoy the academic challenge of studying a subject that is not always immediately accessible. It says much about the calibre of those who continue with Greek that they achieve the highest grades in examinations and often go on to gain places at the most prestigious universities.

Complementary Courses

Humanities, in particular Ancient History, History, Philosophy and English; Modern Foreign Languages

Syllabus Link

OCR H444

Contact for further information:

Dr M Johncock mspj@wellingtoncollege.org.uk