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The only option for Classical Greek is OCR GCSE but it is 100% written exam so should be accessible to home educators.

OCR GCSE Classical Greek

OCR GCSE Classical Greek page and specification

  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Available in June
  • Specification code: J282

Subject Content

The course content is split into two components

  • Language
    • read and understand unseen passages of Classical Greek
    • translate passages from Classical Greek into English.
    • Optional section: show understanding of grammatical structures of Classical Greek or translate simple sentences from English into Classical Greek.
  • Literature - students need to study 2 from a choice of 5 units; 4 Literature options (2 Verse, 2 Prose) or Literature and Culture
    • The set texts for the examinations change every couple of years so check the syllabus for the texts for the year you plan to study.


100% exam based.

  • Paper 1 - Language - 1hr 30mins - 100 marks - 50%
    • The question paper consists of two sections:
      • Section A - Comprehension and Grammar, includes optional questions
      • Section B.- Comprehension and Translation
    • Covers Language component
  • Paper 2/3/4/5/6 - Literature - 1 hrs - 50 marks - 25% - Candidates sit 2 papers
    • The question papers for prose and verse options test understanding and appreciation of a prescribed set text which is between 110 and 120 lines in length.
    • Literature and Culture requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the materials in the ‘Prescribed Sources Booklet’ and their own study as well as use the unseen sources provided in the insert booklet for the assessment.


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Textbooks and Readers

Textbooks and readers for the specification are listed here

Answers and other resources are available here

Lots of resources available on the spec page under teaching resources

Past papers

Past papers can be accessed through the specification page or here

Distance Learning

Many home-educated students study this subject successfully using just the textbook and free online resources, but some find a distance learning course suits their family better, or want to use a tutor occasionally for marking essays or past papers. Course providers can be found on the Distance Learning Providers page.