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CE Classics

OVERVIEW

We offer Common Entrance (CE) classics examinations at 13+, as well as scholarship exams (CASE) at 13+. Our Classics specification comprises Latin, Classical Greek, and Classical Civilisation, and is designed by a team of setters made up pf experienced Heads of Department from both prep and senior schools and approved by ISEB’s Academic Committee for Languages.

Latin for CE at 13+

We offer both CE and CASE assessments in Latin at 13+. Our Latin specification is offered at levels 1, 2 and 3, and is designed by a team of setters made up of experienced Heads of Department from both prep and senior schools, and approved by ISEB’s Academic Committee for Languages.

Our Latin syllabus is intended to meet the needs of those candidates who may have only a limited exposure to Latin, as well as of those who have reached a more advanced stage. The syllabus aims to promote a firm understanding of the essentials of the Latin or Classical Greek language; as well as developing the pupils’ interest in the Greek and Roman worlds

Level 1 is aimed at candidates who have studied Latin for 1 to 2 years, Level 2 is for candidates who have studied for 2 to 3 years, and Level 3 is for candidates who have greater depth of learning. Please see the Classics specification for more details.

We advise prep schools to liaise with senior schools about the levels at which candidates should sit the exam. They should also ensure that candidates are registered for the right level on our website, so that the correct exam papers are sent to schools.

Classical Greek for CE at 13+

We offer CE Classical Greek examinations at 13+ only. Our Classical Greek specification is offered at two levels, to encourage candidates who have had limited exposure to Classical Greek and challenge those who have reached a more advanced stage. Our Classical Greek specification is designed by a team of setters made up of experienced Heads of Department from both prep and senior schools and approved by ISEB’s Academic Committee for Languages.

Our Classical Greek syllabus aims to promote a firm understanding of the essentials of the Latin or Classical Greek language; as well as developing the pupils’ interest in the Greek and Roman worlds.

Level 1 is aimed at candidates who have studied the language for 1 to 2 years, and Level 2 is for candidates who have studied for 2 to 3 years. Please see the Classics specification for more details.

We advise prep schools to liaise with senior schools about the levels at which candidates should sit the exam. They should also ensure that candidates are registered for the right level on our website, so that the correct exam papers are sent to schools.

Classical Civilisation 13+

We offer CE Classical Civilisation examinations at 13+ level only. The paper may be taken in addition to Latin, or by those who have an interest in the subject but who are not taking Latin.

The paper is designed as an attractive option for those who are interested in the rich civilisation of the Greeks and the Romans and their colourful mythology. Candidates taking CE Classical Civilisation at 13+ will sit one paper, divided into three sections. Please see the Classics specification for more details.

The Classical Civilisation is a separate paper with a generic mark scheme.

DOCUMENTATION & RESOURCES

Classics CE/CASE specification (for final examinations in June 2022)

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New Classics CE/CASE specification (for first teaching from September 2021)

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Classics CE at 13+ specimen papers

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English guidance for summer CE/CASE 2022

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CPD: Classics CE at 13+ Twilight Session (2021)

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CPD

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our Continuing Professional Development programme is a valuable resource for schools and teachers, with experienced subject experts providing friendly, comprehensive guidance on all aspects of CE 11+, 13+ and CASE through regular, interactive webinars. Visit our Events page to find out more about upcoming events.

Upcoming CPD webinar: Twilight CPD Sessions for June 2022 | Classics CE 13+

In this session on the new ISEB Classics specification, subject specialist Ed Clarke will focus on a number of areas which may need extra teaching support, such as the grammar section of the exam and its requirements, as well as comprehension and unseen sections. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our expert any questions you may have about the new Classics specification.

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TWILIGHT CPD SESSIONS: DISCOVER NEW CE CLASSICS

Classics experts Bob Bass and Ed Clarke delivered a CPD session on the new CE Classics specification in 2021 - watch their presentation to find out more about the new specification.

INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

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