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Intermediate Greek Certificate: Why, When and How to Succeed in Classical Greek

Updated: Jul 23

What is the Intermediate Certificate in Classical Greek (ICCG)?

Until recently, it has not been easy to find an opportunity to learn classical Greek while in secondary education. However, a new kid on the block is revolutionising access to an entry-level qualification in Greek.

The ICCG provides a straightforward scaffold to organise your learning and leads to a recognised certificate that can be used in UCAS applications.

Greek doric temple on a green territory
The temple of Segesta, in Sicily

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Here are the main features of the Intermediate Certificate in Classical Greek:

  • You do not need any previous knowledge of Classical Greek

  • It takes place every year in June

  • As a Level 3 course recognised as a QIP, it will not only be accepted as part of your UCAS application but also add proof of your determination, passion and achievement in the study of an ancient language

  • It is very closely based on Taylor Greek to GCSE 1

  • It can be considered half a Classical Greek GCSE (minus the literature papers), and it is a solid foundation if you want to continue with the study of the language

  • It is graded as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail

  • It costs £15 to sit it, and it allows resits if necessary the following year – but not in Autumn, as for some other courses

  • It can be arranged to be taken both on the premises or outside of a secondary school

  • It is endorsed by the Classical Association, Classics for All and JACT Greek Summer School

  • It includes both language and the study of mythology

  • Access arrangements will be taken into consideration, including but not limited to 25% extra time when needed

What is the aim of the ICCG certificate?

As stated on the UCAS website, the certificate aims are the following:

The course is designed to enable candidates to develop:
1. a basic level of competence in the Classical Greek language;
2. a sensitive and analytical approach to language in general;
3. an awareness of the influence of Classical Greek on the languages of today;
4. an appreciation for Classical Greek history and culture, as exemplified in stories about Greek myth and history.

You can find out more directly on the ICCG website, including the full specification, past papers and mark schemes, explanatory videos and additional resources.

Who can take the certificate?

The certificate has been designed for students in Y9-11, but it is also an excellent complement for A-Level and mature learners.

What will the assessment look like?

The following is an extract from the specification:

The examination will consist of one 90-minute paper, with 100 marks available. All the Greek passages printed in the paper will form a continuous narrative or will concern a common theme. The difficulty of the Greek will increase gradually between Sections 1, 2 and 3. The overall difficulty of the passage in Section 3 will be roughly commensurate with that of the passages in Chapter 6 of Greek to GCSE: Part 1 (Taylor). Sections 1-3 will assume knowledge of the accidence and syntax detailed in Appendix 1 of this specification, and the Greek to English Defined Vocabulary List (c. 280 words) as detailed in Appendix 2; other vocabulary and proper nouns not in the DVL will be glossed. Vocabulary and grammar used in the English-to-Greek sentences in Section 4 will be drawn from the words in the English to Greek Restricted Vocabulary List, and the Restricted Accidence and Syntax list, both contained in Appendix 3. No accents will be printed on the examination paper, other than for interrogative τίς.

If you would like to join me in preparation for this certificate, there will be a couple of groups starting in September. Please see below and send me an email for registration.

Classical Greek for Beginners (Part 1)

A course to learn Greek from scratch and start working towards the ICCG exam.

There will be groups running on Monday at 6:30 pm, Tuesday 11 am and Saturday at 12 pm. Online lessons will last 50 min and have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students. Price: £240 for the term, including one lesson a week and access to online materials. Please purchase your own copy of Taylor's Greek to GCSE 1 (#ad).

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