Classics A level - no vocab list

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mandyelicup
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I am taking Latin and Classical Greek A levels next year, and have just learnt that there is no defined vocab list for either subject.
This is scaring me a bit - could they in theory ask you any vocabulary? That seems overly extensive, but I don't know...
Also, why would they not make a list? Is there any particular skill they want to promote by leaving this open?
I would be most grateful for any responses.
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"caecilius est in horto" meaning caecilius is in the garden. As long as you know this you will pass Latin easily. (BTW I studied Latin and Classics at GCSE and got a 8)
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Hi,

If you look at some of the A-level past papers, there is still a vocab list for the unseen passages with lots of obscure words ("woo", "lamp", even "neighbouring") - so I doubt you'd be expected to know absolute loads of rare words so don't worry too much about it. The specification also suggests that they'll build on the GCSE/AS defined vocab lists so look at those and also learn some common words in any texts that you study; if anything crops up which you haven't seen before, most of the candidates probably won't have a clue too. And what with COVID, I don't think they'll be putting anything too challenging on the next few papers in terms of vocab!

Good luck!
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