Greek GCSE


The OCR Greek GCSE is changing. 2017 will see the last examinations of the old format (J291). For information, materials and advice on this syllabus, go here.

2018 will see the first examinations of the new syllabus (J292), which is part of the GCSE 9-1 programme. For information, materials and advice on this syllabus, go here.

The major differences between the two courses are summarised in the following table:


J291 J292
No. of exams 4 (each 1 hour) 3 (Language 90 mins; others 1 hour)
Language paper(s) 2 x 25% (both compulsory) 1 x 50% (compulsory)
Vocabulary list 384 words (B402 Greek to English)
Set texts length c. 135 lines (per paper) c. 110-120 lines (per paper)
English to Greek or grammar questions No Yes
Short course Yes (J091) No
Foundation course No No
Combination options Candidates must sit both language papers and either prose literature + verse literature or prose/verse literature + sources for Greek Candidates must sit the language paper and any two other papers (prose + verse, prose + prose, verse + verse, or prose/verse + sources).
Specification J291/J091 Spec J292 Spec
Web site J291/J091 J292