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Classical Greek: Extension GCSE

Pupils will follow the OCR GCSE specification (9-1).

Greek is the study of the Classical Greek language and Greek civilisation. With its huge influence on English and western culture, Greek is a wonderful asset in understanding our literature, history and art. As an extension GCSE it is a fantastic complement to GCSE English, Latin, Spanish or French, and with its influence on scientific terminology, Greek is of great assistance in all science subjects, and others such as psychology and philosophy.

Interesting and stimulating, Greek helps teach the skills of logical and analytical thinking and the importance of precision and industry. Greek is prized in careers such as law, medicine, IT and other intellectually demanding fields.

Course content

Candidates will sit three examinations taken at the end of Year 11.

Typically, pupils will study:

Unit 1:         Greek language (50% GCSE): Translation and comprehension of         various stories from mythology and history.

Unit 2:         Prose literature (25% GCSE): Translating a text, something from Herodotus or other assorted authors into English and analysing it.


Unit 3:         Verse literature (25% GCSE): Translating a text, something from Homer               or Euripides into English and analysing it.

Unit 4:         Greek literature and culture (25% GCSE): Using source material to look at different topics to do with ancient Greek culture, such as Women, Athenian society or the Olympics.