Classical Greek

Why study this A Level subject?

A fast track course for high flyers – especially scientists, medics, linguists, lawyers. It offers a formal study of grammar and syntax. The learning and application of its rules is seen by many pupils to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the language, for its pure regularity and its training in mental adaptability.

Topics of study at A Level

Language, suitably adapted passages of mythology or history and some of the greatest literature ever written.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

There is an active extra-curricular programme of trips to museums, lectures and theatres, mostly in the evening (2-3 per term), which pupils attend on a voluntary basis, although attendance at events related to set texts is strongly advised. There is also the opportunity to become involved in departmental drama productions, as well informal workshops in Greek drama. Every year, pupils have the opportunity to attend the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Greek Summer School.

What this subject might lead to

Classicists are found in a huge range of careers including law, banking, accountancy, ICT, journalism, politics, archaeology and museum curatorship. Skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and communication are highly valued in all walks of life.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

An aptitude for language and a capacity for hard work