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Classics (Latin, Greek and Classic Civilisation)

The languages, literatures, and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome continue to inform and influence our own. From rigorously memorising grammar to tracing the etymology of scientific terms, learning Classics combines discipline with inspiration. As the great Roman poet Virgil observed, mentem mortalia tangunt (mortal things touch the mind). Whether it be the evocative black figure vases of 5th Century BC Athens or the epic works of 1st Century BC Latin writers, this subject underpins any study of the arts and humanities in Europe.

At GCSE or A level, Classics helps students to develop skills in language, literary analysis, and historical knowledge. Not only can it support the learning of French or Spanish (or other Romance languages), but also that of English Literature and History. Moreover, its complexity and range has for many centuries encouraged the brightest and most motivated of students to push themselves intellectually.

Our Approach

We teach students from primary to university level. For children who need extra support to develop their confidence, we have patient specialists on hand to help. For students with a passion for Classics, we have experienced GCSE, A level and University teachers to challenge them beyond the exam board requirements.

We conduct an initial assessment to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensure our students have a good foundation knowledge of key vocabulary and grammar. We then move on to more complex Classical topics so that students develop a detailed knowledge of their subject. As exams approach, our focus is on exam technique and timed questions.

Exam Boards

We have experienced teachers with knowledge of the following exam boards:

  • OCR Latin
  • Cambridge IGCSE Latin
  • WJEC Eduqas GCSE Latin
  • OCR Classical Greek
  • OCR Classical Civilisation
  • Cambridge International AS and A level Classical Studies

At Key Stage 5, we also provide subject specialists for Cambridge Pre-U courses (until the withdrawal of Latin and Classical Greek in 2022). We help tutors to stay up-to-date with curriculum changes and new grading systems.

Wider Reading

We encourage students to have an appreciation of Classics beyond the exam board specification. Students considering a Classics undergraduate degree should be aware of relevant news stories, current affairs, and influential academic research.

Our tutors have recommended a selection of resources here to get you started:

  • Why has the Roman Republic and its subsequent Empire had such an impact on the European imagination?
  • What was special, or even unique, about the Roman military and political system?
  • Why are women in Greek Tragedy so powerful and often so dangerous?
  • Why does Euripides include the voices of servants and the powerless?
  • What impact has archaeology had on the legend of Troy?
  • Why does it matter to see and feel the past through its surviving objects?  
  • Is the Athenian democracy of the 5th Century BC the same as the democracies of today?

  • Has Stoicism influenced the British ‘stiff upper lip’?
  • Why is Socrates so important? How has Plato shaped his legacy?