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The Intermediate Certificate in Classical Greek (ICCG) has been established to meet the need for a new Greek certificate at a level below that of the current GCSE. The examination is based on the content of Taylor, Greek to GCSE I. This website provides additional free materials which it is hoped will be useful for teaching this content.
The full GCSE demands a lot of teaching hours and is not feasible for many students and schools given the time they have available for Greek. This qualification is designed to be more widely accessible. It will be open to entries in any school year group, independent learners or indeed adults: it is anticipated that it may be particularly attractive for students in Y9-11, though it would be equally suitable for those beginning Greek in the sixth form or for adult learners.
The ICCG is endorsed by the Classical Association, Classics for All, JACT Greek Summer School and we are grateful to the Council of University Classical Departments and to the classical departments at the following universities for their recognition and support for the Intermediate Certificate: University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, King’s College London, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University College London, University of Warwick, the Open University, Durham University, and the University of Liverpool.
The ICCG is now recognised as a QIP by UCAS, which means that universities can recognise the qualification. For more information please visit the UCAS website: https://qips.ucas.com/eip/certificate-classical-greek-iccg
After a successful pilot 2021-2022 with 15 schools (7 state and 8 independent) we have now opened the qualification to all learners for first examination in June 2023.
The examination fee is £15 per entry. We do not want this fee to be a barrier for anyone to sit the ICCG examination. In the initial year (examination June 2023) all state school entries will be funded by Classics for All. If any individual or independent school cannot pay the entry fee, please contact us, as we hope to have some bursary funds available. In future years, we hope we will continue to have bursary funds available for any school or individual who needs it.
Following our initial consultation and pilot, we currently assess students in a purely linguistic examination, with a single exam sat in schools and other approved centres, within a fixed period of one or two weeks in June each year. Scripts will be sent back to be marked centrally, and results will be sent out by the middle of August. Given the idea of an exam ‘window’ we are modelling the ICCG on the approach of an Olympiad, rather than the strict security protocols of official exam boards, although candidates must sit the exam in formal examination conditions. Results will be graded Distinction, Merit, or Pass on the basis of previously agreed levels of attainment; there will be no fixed quota for each level. We welcome comments on the examination administration from both teachers and learners – do email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We are building up a free resources bank and advice and support for the ICCG examination on this website. We would welcome resources from other teachers. If you would like to submit resources to be shared with colleagues on this website please do email them to us. We reserve the right to edit resources before they are uploaded to the shared area.