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Greek Classical Languages AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

The Latin and Classical Greek AS and A2 courses

offer a rich blend of language and literature from the

ancient world. You will develop your linguistic skills

in order to understand and appreciate some of the

finest literature mankind has produced. This will take

you inside the minds of authors who were writing

two thousand years ago. Alongside this, you will

gain an understanding of the events, culture, and

attitudes of Rome and/or Greece at significant

periods in their history. The ways in which the

ancient world has shaped western civilisation and

the relationship between the classical and modern

worlds will be explored.

Course content

In language classes, you will concentrate on

developing your knowledge of grammar and

vocabulary, and will come to appreciate subtleties

beyond the GCSE syllabus. Each week there will be

grammatical work to complete and vocabulary

to learn.

In literature lessons, we read and translate original

classical works set by the exam board. One prose

text and one verse text are set for AS, and a different

prose and verse text for A2.


The verse text will be epic or elegiac poetry or

drama (in Greek), and the prose text will be drawn

from history, a legal speech or philosophy. You are

encouraged to understand the content and context

of the texts studied, and to appreciate their literary

qualities. In the Sixth Form, prep is often to look

ahead at the passage of Latin or Greek which will

be studied in the next lesson, or to go back over

material covered previously. This approach supports

your language work, and helps you develop

independent powers of analysis.

Entry requirements

It is essential that you have at least a grade B at

GCSE in the classical language(s) you wish to take in

the Sixth Form because of the intellectual demands

of these courses. In exceptional circumstances pupils

with strong enough track records in Latin or other

languages may be able to learn enough Greek over

the summer to begin the AS course when they join

the Sixth Form.


Both AS and A2 are assessed by exams at the end of

the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years respectively.

The types of tasks in the AS and A2 exams are

developments of those in the GCSE exams:

translations; comprehension; analysis of style,

content and themes and contexts of literary texts.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

AS and A2 qualifications in Latin and Greek are

rightly regarded by universities and employers as

indications of intellectual ability. They also

demonstrate impressive breadth, as these courses

offer the chance to develop skills which are at

different times linguistic, analytical, empathetic,

logical, creative, and critical. These are skills which

will equip you for a very wide range of interesting

careers, such as the Foreign Office, journalism,

advertising, business, finance or the law. In particular

they will help you learn other languages quickly and

effectively. When the head of recruitment at Shell

was asked why he employed so many Classics

graduates, he replied, ‘Because they sell more oil.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.