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Classical subjects (Classical Civilisation or Latin) are studied by all students from Year 7 and are compulsory until the end of Year 9. 

Latin and Classical Civilisation in Years 7-9

Students start Year 7 with a Classical Civilisation course, moving from a study of Greek mythology and the Greek gods, to aspects of Roman life such as Roman marriage or chariot racing. Latin is studied by all students in Year 8, following the Cambridge Latin Course. This enables students to learn the language through the context of stories set during the last days of Pompeii, in Egypt and in Roman Britain. In Year 9 students either continue their study of the Cambridge Latin Course, or move on to a Classical Civilisation course. Classical Civilisation in Year 9 enables students to examine a broad range of topics covering the culture of the ancient world. Areas studied include Homer's Odyssey and the Classical influence on art and architecture. 

GCSE Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation GCSE enables students to examine in detail the influential and mysterious cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Students will be fascinated by the gods and monsters of Greek mythology, the loves and scandals of the ancient family, the horrors of the Roman arena and the origins of drama and modern theatre.


Lessons are complemented by trips to classical sites and museums.  In October 2015 a group of Year 9 students visited the Bay of Naples to see the sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum first hand.  At GCSE level, students may opt for Latin and/or Classical Civilisation if they wish. 

GCSE Latin

Latin GCSE is a distinctive subject. Students are given the opportunity to study in greater depth the unique language and literature of the Roman civilisation which is fundamental to our own identity. As well as being exciting and inspiring, this course helps students to develop the analytical skills and intellectual flexibility which are very relevant in universities and in the modern workplace. Whilst there may not be any career that absolutely requires Latin, it is still used and respected in the fields of medicine and the law.

GCSE Classical Greek 

GCSE Classical Greek is offered off-timetable from Year 9. It is an impressive subject to offer at this level, and one which is held in high regard by university admissions tutors. The rewards of studying this beautiful and subtle ancient language are great.  To read extracts from ancient Greek literature, such as the works of Homer, in the original language is an exciting and inspiring prospect.   

AS/A2 Classical Civilisation

This varied course gives students an appreciation and understanding of the origins of western literature, drama, art, architecture and politics, whilst fostering analytical skills and an intellectual flexibility that is vital in the modern workplace. The course is supported through trips to ancient sites, drama performances and seminars. Students need not have studied Classical Civilisation at GCSE. There are three modules; the first of which is epic poetry, where pupils study Homer’s Odyssey, the tale of how the Greek hero Odysseus encountered gods, witches, monsters and skulduggery in his attempt to return home from Troy and the Roman epic the Aeneid, in which, with poetic beauty, Virgil raises questions about the nature of love, war, destiny, duty and heroism, whilst giving us an insight into the political realities of his day. Pupils also study Greek theatre, looking at the both the comic and tragic traditions, as well as how the plays were staged and the theatres used. The final unit is Greek religion, where pupils will study the complex and intricate nature of the Greek belief system, looking at gods, priesthoods and festivals, as well as how religion touched open every aspect of life.

A Level Latin

Latin is a highly respected subject which is ideal for students who are interested in languages, literature or even the arts. Latin suits a very broad range of degree or career options including Law, Medicine, History, History of Art, English, Modern Languages and Politics. A Level Latin is on offer to students who have done Latin at GCSE or who can prove a passion to advance independently to a suitable level. Class sizes are typically very small, with obvious advantages. Students are prepared for a language paper, in which they are required to translate Latin passages into English, and verse and prose literature papers, for which they study texts such as the love poetry of Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus and the speeches of Cicero (the model for many a lawyer today). 

A Level Greek

Over the last few years there has been an increasing interest in studying Ancient Greek at Kent College. Ancient Greek ideally complements the study of Latin or Classical Civilisation, and is particularly useful for those wishing to continue these studies at university.  A Level Greek is open to students who have completed GCSE Ancient Greek, either short or long course. 

Higher Education and Beyond

In recent years, Kent College students have gone on to pursue classical courses at university which have included Classical Studies courses, archaeology courses and Classics courses at Oxford or Cambridge.

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