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Greek (Ancient) *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

Greek is available at both AS and A2 levels. It is recommended that a pupil wishing to study to A2 standard obtains at least a B grade in Greek at GCSE. There are no other special requirements, as the GCSE course will provide the necessary skills to continue further study of the language. The purpose of the course is to enable pupils to acquire an understanding of the literature, language and civilisation which have had a profound effect on modern society. 

Course content

We encourage pupils to develop competence in Greek and a sensitive and analytical approach to language in general. Pupils will develop the ability to read, understand and appraise a fascinating array of literature in the original Greek, and will develop their awareness of classical influences upon the language and literature of today.

The course divides easily into two sections. The AS level consists of one literature paper and one language paper, and the format is not dissimilar to GCSE. The current AS set-texts are passages from Homer Iliad 22 and from Lysias’ Against Simon. We tend to read other texts in English to promote coherence and lend fluidity to the stories. For the language paper, the syntax and accidence show an advance on GCSE, but are by no means too difficult. There is a defined vocabulary list, which further increases the chances of a top grade, and will make the ‘unprepared translation’ less daunting.

At A2 level, pupils prepare for two further papers. One is on Greek verse, including study of either Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus or Aristophanes Clouds. The other is on Greek prose, including study of either Plato Protagoras or Herodotus Book VIII. Both A2 papers also involve some unseen translation.

Assessment

We use the specification set by the OCR Examining Board. There is no coursework component.

AS Moduels

1. Greek Language

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2. Greek Verse and Prose Literature

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

A2 Modules

3. Greek Verse

Examination 2 hours, 25% of A Level

4. Greek Prose

Examination 2 hours, 25% of A Level

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

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

Further information

The staff are all highly qualified with a range of special skills enabling any area to be taught with expertise. We try to complement classroom learning by attending local lectures and organising our own seminars, and run an overseas trip to Greece or Italy each year. We also have an extensive library of books, photographs, DVDs and computer programmes. For further details, see the entry for Latin. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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