Wilson's School

Classics: Curriculum

    LATIN
    CLASSICAL GREEK
    Classical Greek is the forerunner of Modern Greek, which still strongly resembles its ancient equivalent in many ways. It was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean from the time of Alexander the Great and continued to be the most commonly spoken language in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. Famous Greek authors include Homer, Sophocles and Plato; Greek is also the language of the New Testament.

    GCSE
    This subject has always been studied at Wilson's outside of the normal timetable. Greek teaching takes place after school and in lunch hours; the course is intended to last three years. This is a highly intensive course that will appeal particularly to those with good levels of linguistic ability. The course we follow is Classical Greek to GCSE.

    The study of Latin is not a requirement for taking up Classical Greek though the studies of the two languages and cultures are complementary.

    The board of the GCSE examination is OCR. It consists of four papers:

    • Classical Greek language 1 – Mythology and domestic life
    • Classical Greek language 2 – History
    • Classical Greek prose literature
    • Classical Greek verse literature

    AS and A-Level
    Anyone who is interested in studying this subject to A level should speak to Mr Lawson.
    CLASSICAL CIVILISATION
    Classical Civilisation is available as an A-level to all boys since knowledge of Greek and Latin is not required. The subject is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to a culture without the need of studying its language. It should appeal to the curious and serves to develop the mind.

    The examination board used is OCR.

    Year 12
    AS examination
     
    Module 1: The world of the hero
    Module 2: Greek Theatre

    Students are expected to show their knowledge of the area of the Classical world studied within the module and be able to offer an informed opinion on the topic.

    Year 13
    A2 examination
     
    Module 1: Virgil and the world of the hero
    Module 2: Greek Theatre

    Students are expected to show their knowledge of the area of the Classical world studied within the module and be able to offer an informed opinion on the topic.

    Beyond A-level
    Many students of Classics and Latin go on to apply for courses within the subject (e.g. Ancient History, Classics, Classical Civilisation, Latin and MFL) at major university and are normally successful. Latin is also beneficial for students of languages and humanities in that it trains students to think, analyse and consider texts. The study of the language is also beneficial in understanding the terminology of law and medicine, among other subjects.

    Students should also explore other ways of broadening their classical horizon, such as the Wells Latin Summer School, Bryanston Greek Summer School and Repton Classical Civilisation Summer School: all schools run by the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Summer Schools Trust.