For those who have already achieved linguistic skills at their earlier schools, the study of Latin and Classical Greek at King’s, with elements of language, literature and classical culture (in Latin) and language and literature (in Greek), is at the heart of the reformed GCSE 9-1 for 2018-19. There is no coursework option.
King’s Classicists will learn in a newly refurbished room in the Wyndham (Humanities) Building which enhances their learning experience. Latin is available to selected members of the 3rd Form whose results at Common Entrance and/or Entrance Scholarship show a potential to continue with the subject. The GCSE Latin course begins in the 4th Form as one of three GCSE Option subjects. There are public examinations at the end of the 5th Form. The Cambridge Schools Classics Project online is a key tool in delivering a more expansive grasp of the Classical World to students, through visual data and online exercises, as well as help with set texts and an online vocabulary tester. We use software such as “memrise” and “Quizlet” also. For the academic year 2018-19 only, the final year of a four-term course in Classical Greek is being completed in the 5th Form as an enrichment venture.
Teaching of both subjects delivered by an experienced and well-qualified Classicist, ensures that an enthusiastic yet rigorous approach towards the Classical world of Greece and Rome, is passed on to our growing clientele.
GCSE Latin 9-1 is offered by Eduqas, (part of WJEC). This is a two-year course, following consolidation of Latin grammar and vocabulary during the 3rd Form. Our course book is Latin for GCSE Parts 1 & 2 (Bloomsbury, 2nd edn 2016) by Henry Cullen and John Taylor
GCSE Classical Greek 9-1 is offered by OCR. Students must complete J292 Component 01 (90 mins - Language. Our course book is Greek for GCSE parts 1 and 2 by John Taylor (Bloomsbury, 2nd edn 2017). We also study for two more literature papers of 1 hour’s duration selected from five:
These extracts can be sourced from OCR Anthology for Classical Greek GCSE by Judith Affleck and Clive Letchford, (Bloomsbury, 2017).
AS Level Latin is offered by OCR. The specification is H043. This is a one-year modular self-contained course for 2018-19. Pupils are expected to have an A grade or above in GCSE Latin or Certificate Level 2 Latin Language and/or Latin Literature.
Head of Department
Mr Malcolm Parr; 01749 814310