Classical Greek


Classical Greek involves the study of the language and literature of ancient Greece, ranging from the Homeric epic poems written in the 8th century BC to the classical Attic prose of Lysias and Xenophon.

Board and Specification Code

OCR Specification Code H444

Is Classical Greek for you?

If you enjoyed studying classical Greek at GCSE, you will enjoy the A Level, which similarly combines the development of your linguistic skills in translating Attic Greek with the study of a variety of exciting literary texts.

There are few greater joys for a Hellenist than reading Homer in the original Greek written down 2700 years ago, accessing the full power of his characterisation, speeches and narrative.

Course content/components

  • Component 1 (33%): Unseen Translation and Comprehension (prose and verse)
  • Component 2 (17%): Prose Comprehension or Composition.
  • Component 3 (25%): Set texts are: Thucydides ‘Histories’, Plato ‘Symposium’, and Plutarch ‘Alcibiades’.
  • Component 4 (25%): Set texts are: Homer ‘Odyssey’, Sophocles ‘Ajax’, and Aristophanes ‘Clouds’.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7 in Classical Greek GCSE.

Post-A Level options

Students often progress on to a Classics degree but the study of a classical language at A Level can also lead to degrees in English, MFL, History, Theology and Politics, to name just a few.