IB 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. We do not always run HL and SL courses – if you are interested in one, come and talk!

Course Content

35% – Translation paper – 90 mins paper – translating a passage of Greek prose.

45% – Set text paper – 120 mins paper – comprehension and appreciation. Current authors include Homer and Herodotus.

20% – Individual study (internally assessed)

IB Greek gives the opportunity for pupils to do their own individual study. This entails researching an area of Greek life or literature, and writing this up in the form of an annotated collection of source material.


Pupils must have attained at least a 7 grade (but usually 8/9) in GCSE Greek or equivalent. They will have already studied some literature and have started to develop techniques for analysing and writing about verse and prose texts. Pupils will have a secure grasp of basic Greek grammar and syntax, will be motivated and organised in their learning and preparation, will be enthusiastic about studying literature, appreciating its art and considering the implicit attitudes, and will want to research an area of Greek life or literature, learning from original sources and responding to them.

Potential Careers

Greek encourages a broad range of skills. Through the study of the Greek language, pupils improve their understanding of language, its grammar and structures, and train their memories; through the study of Greek literature, pupils learn to appreciate the beauty of literature and understand its techniques, and consider the works which shaped all subsequent western European literature. Greek is a subject very highly respected by universities and employers alike for the breadth of the skills acquired and the analytical approach to problem-solving it fosters. Greek complements many other subjects, particularly languages, humanities and Maths. Greek graduates are much sought after in the city in banking, law, IT and journalism, as well as many making careers in the arts.

Contact for further information:

Mr M Johncock mspj@wellingtoncollege.org.uk