To help you discover more about the Greek language, your own language and also about the nature of language in general.  To enable you to read and appreciate the works of Greek literature in their original form, and learn to analyse and respond to them with increasing sophistication.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

The course consists of a combination of linguistic and literary modules.  You will consolidate and build upon your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar; and you will study a range of texts, including both verse (epic, tragedy, comedy) and prose (history and philosophy).

How will I be assessed?

At AS Level you will sit two examinations: one in Greek language and one in Greek Literature. The work will feel very similar to the area of study at GCSE. The content will prepare you very well for A Level.

At A Level you will sit two language papers and two set text papers: one verse and one prose. 50% of the content will already have been studied at AS, so that you should feel extremely well prepared for your A Level examinations.  

Desirable requirements

You should have at least a grade B in Greek at GCSE, and an interest in Greek literature and thought.  Ask yourself if you have enjoyed the GCSE course – including your study of the language.  To study the language at Advanced Level requires hard work, but the greater depth of the course should be even more stimulating and less of a rush than GCSE.  The subject combines well with most other subjects; there are particular links with English, History, Modern Languages, Latin and Classical Civilisation.

How will I study?

The course is sometimes taught in mixed classes consisting of both Girls’ and Boys’ Division students and may be delivered by teaching staff from both Divisions.  

Where will it lead?

As with Latin, most students go into a wide variety of careers, including Law, Banking, Industry and Commerce, Publishing, the Civil Service, Journalism and even Computing.


“At A Level, I have chosen to study History, Government & Politics, Greek and French. I really enjoyed Greek at GCSE and have therefore chosen to continue with it. I feel that it teaches me valuable language skills and helps me understand the grammar of my modern languages. Greek also makes you stand out as it is something different not many people study.”