Ancient Greek at Key Stage Four

Introducing GCSE Greek: This downloadable PDF resource is modelled on the content of the first three chapters of John Taylor’s ‘Greek to GCSE Book 1’. Explanations and exercises covering basic grammar and syntax are complemented by interesting cultural and etymological information. There are also lots of continuous passages of Greek for students to translate. This resource provides an excellent and cost-effective introduction to Greek for those who are interested in continuing their studies to GCSE level. If you would like a free PDF copy, please email Many thanks to Benjamin Baulf at King’s College Wimbledon for generously sharing this resource.

Streamlined Greek: Written originally for the prep school Greek sector, this resource provides a clear introduction to the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek and offers a fast-track approach to GCSE for young beginner. The accompanying answer book means that students could use this course effectively for independent study or revision purposes. If you would like a free PDF copy, please email Many thanks to Bob Bass for generously sharing this resource.

OCR endorsed resources for GCSE Classical Greek

Greek to GCSE Books 1 & 2: First written in response to a JACT survey of over 100 schools, and now endorsed by OCR, this textbook has become a standard resource for students in the UK who are looking for a clear and thorough introduction to the language of the ancient Greeks.

OCR Anthology for Classical Greek GCSE: This is the OCR endorsed publication from Bloomsbury for the Greek GCSE set text prescriptions examined from 2018 to 2023.

Greek Stories: This is an ideal first reader for students of Classical Greek. It offers 100 self-contained passages of manageable length adapted from a wide range of ancient authors.

Further information about these textbooks can be found here.


OCR Classical Greek (9-1) – J292: The only exam board offering a GCSE in Classical Greek. The full specification and course information can be found here.

EMACT Greek certificate: The East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers (EMACT) offers a certificate system for the introduction of ancient Greek via a series of graded test booklets.

  • Level 1E (Entry)* This is designed to be taught by non-specialists and is meant for time-strapped groups. Students work with the Greek alphabet in reading and writing Greek words and are encouraged to explore the Greek roots of English words. Roughly 2 hours of tuition would be needed for a student to pass this level. A supporting workbook for students can be found
  • Level 1S (Specialist)* This level builds upon the etymology work introduced in 1E but also introduces students to some basic Greek grammar and syntax. Full syllabus details can be found here. For those studying Greek on an extra-curricular basis, this level may take up to one year to complete.

Information about Levels 2S and 3S, along with all specification resources and information about the administration and assessment of tests can be found on the EMACT website.

*N.B Classics for All is currently collaborating with EMACT to update the format of the syllabus materials. Updated material will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Euroclassica: Each year Euroclassica (the federation of European associations of Classics teachers) offers entry-level tests (Vestibulum): ELEX for Latin and EGEX for Classical Greek.  The tests are taken all over Europe in many different countries at about the same time, and successful candidates receive the same European certificate. The Vestibulum EGEX test is aimed at beginners who have studied Greek for approximately 100-120 hours. The tests last forty minutes and can be taken at any time that a student is ready. The papers are marked by the class teacher and the results are then forwarded to Euroclassica which provides a gold, silver or bronze certificate as appropriate.  There is no charge. For the first time this year, an intermediate level test (Ianua) is being offered for those who have studied Greek for a longer time. For examples of past papers, further information and this year’s tests, please contact John
Bulwer (President of Euroclassica)

Case Study

Click here to hear how a South London school built up Classics from scratch to introduce Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Civilisation from KS3-5!