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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 Curriculum

GCSE Latin

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

  • Component 01 (90 mins) deals with handling the Latin language: comprising comprehension and translation into English of three connected Latin passages (momentum tests), which increase in level of difficulty, and some very short sentences for translation into Latin as an alternative to short questions on handling Latin grammar.
  • Component 02 (75 mins) involves a  thematic study of Latin literature, both prose and verse, on  ‘A Day at the Races’. Chariot and boat races are viewed through Roman eyes.
  • Component 03 B (60 mins) tests a prescribed topic of Roman Civilisation: ‘Roman Entertainment and Leisure’. The material culture surrounding events which the Romans found pleasurable are discussed and examined. Topics include the amphitheatre (gladiators etc), theatre, baths, dinner-parties and recitals of literary works.

GCSE Latin Specification

GCSE Greek

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:

  • Component 02 Prose Literature A: Herodotus Histories “Solon and Croesus” with “How Alcmaeon was enriched by Croesus”.
  • Component 04 Verse Literature A: selections from Homer Odyssey Book 6. 48-159.

These extracts can be sourced from OCR Anthology for Classical Greek GCSE by Judith Affleck and Clive Letchford, (Bloomsbury, 2017).

GCSE Greek Specification

A-Level Curriculum

AS Level Latin

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.

  • Paper 01 (90mins) is a language paper worth 50% of the total AS Level.
  • Paper 02 (2 hours) is a literature paper worth 50 % of the total AS Level. In Paper 02, learners must study one prose text (Tacitus, Histories Book 1, 4-7, 12-14,17-23 and 26) and one verse text (Virgil, Aeneid Book 11, 1-224).

A-Level Specification

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Head of Department
Mr Malcolm Parr; 01749 814310

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