We offer three courses at GCSE.

Latin GCSE (Eduqas)

Latin is an option that is regarded very highly by universities and employers.

GCSE Latin helps you to:

  • improve your communication skills
  • expand your English vocabulary by looking at Latin roots
  • learn vocabulary in other European languages
  • develop awareness of how languages work
  • understand the influence of Roman civilisation on modern culture
  • understand what the Romans had to say in their own words

We continue with the Cambridge Latin course to achieve the desired standard of competence in the language.

There are three components to the qualification:

1 Latin Language
Comprehension and translation of a passage of Latin and recognition of grammar.

2 Latin Literature
Set texts of Latin verse and prose are studied on a particular theme e.g. A Day at the Races, Schools and Education.

3 Roman Civilisation
A topic is studied for examination e.g. Roman Entertainment and Leisure, Religion in the Roman World

Classical Civilisation GCSE (OCR)

Classical Civilisation is the study of ancient Greece and Rome, and it is open to any student in S4/Y10. Studying the classical world gives our students an extra perspective on how societies work and why the modern world has developed in the way that it has. Classical literature is interesting and exciting to read in its own right. Stories from the Iliad and Odyssey have been used in several epic films like “Troy”. Students do not need to have studied Latin or Greek at all since the source materials are in English. Classical Civilisation is a humanities subject and is highly respected by both employers and universities.

The course is examined in two components of equal value.

1 Thematic Study
We study myth and religion in the ancient world.

2 Literature and Culture
We study war and warfare in the ancient world

Greek GCSE (OCR)

Classical Greek helps you to:

  • expand your English vocabulary by looking at Greek roots
  • learn vocabulary in other European languages
  • development awareness of how languages work
  • understand the influence of Ancient Greek civilisation on modern culture
  • understand what the Greeks had to say in their own words

Students who have begun learning Classical Greek in S3/Y9 may continue through to take GCSE in S5/Y11 by attending two lunchtime sessions per week.

There are three components to the GCSE

1 Language
Language skills are tested by unseen translation and comprehension (written examination). There is a defined vocabulary list. Language skills make up 50% of the GCSE award.

2 Literature
There is a choice from a range of units on literature in the original Greek. These can be either verse or prose.

3 Civilisation
The Sources for Greek Civilisation are studied in English, using evidence to explore topics such as democracy, athletics and the theatre.

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