Why study Greek GCSE?
A fast track course for high flyers, offering 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, because of its pure regularity and its training in mental adaptability
Topics of study
Language and some of the greatest literature ever written (Herodotus and Homer).
Opportunities beyond the classroom
There is an active extra-curricular programme of trips to lectures and theatres, which pupils attend on a voluntary basis, although any attendance at performances of set texts is strongly advised. There is also the opportunity to become involved in departmental productions, as well as informal workshops in Greek drama.
What the subject might lead to
A qualification in Latin at A-Level is evidence of clarity of mind. Employers hold Classicists in high regard because of their ability to think logically, and their well-developed communications skills. Students who study Latin may go on to study Law, Medicine, History, Politics, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Theology, English or Classics at university.
Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)
An aptitude for language and a capacity for hard work. Prospective pupils who wish to take Greek should discuss the possibility with the Classics Department. Previous experience of the language (eg Greek Club) is useful, but not essential.