Classical Greek A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School
The Greek course in the Sixth Form continues to develop the skills used at GCSE: the understanding of the linguistic structures of Greek, a personal response to some Greek literature, and an awareness of the ancient Greek cultural background. Pupils sit two papers which test their ability to translate from Greek into English, with the option of some relatively simple English into Greek translation. There is some additional grammar to cover, but no set vocabulary list. Instead pupils are expected to improve by reading and discussing lots of original Greek, becoming more confident in dealing with idiomatic ‘real’ Greek. The remaining two papers test the ability to comment sensitively on texts that will have been studied (one paper for prose authors, the other for verse). The new linear course will allow pupils either to study two set texts in real depth, or look at a broader range of authors. There is no coursework in Greek.
Unseen Translation I (Unit 1a) 1 hour 45 examination (33%) and Unseen Comprehension or Prose Composition (Unit 1b) 1 hour 15 examination (17%) - Candidates build on their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures. There is no defined vocabulary list, but candidates are expected to be familiar with the vocabulary and linguistic structures used by the authors specified.
Prose Literature (Unit 2) 2 hours examination (25%) - Candidates study and discuss a prescribed amount of Greek text, as well as some of the text in translation to give a better understanding of its context. There is a choice of texts, including Thucydides Histories, Plato Apology and Xenophon Memorabilia
Verse Literature (Unit 3) 2 hours examination (25%) - Candidates study and discuss a prescribed amount of Greek text, as well as some of the text in translation to give a better understanding of its context. There is a choice of texts, including Homer Odyssey X, Sophocles Antigone, Aristophanes Acharnians.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.