The key to rich and influential literature and a range of modern languages.
Latin gives students the key to a rich and influential literature and to a range of modern languages. Historical context and Roman ideas and values are studied as part of the background to literature and language. You will learn to think logically and analytically about language and literature and you will develop a critical approach to ideas of Roman society and compare them with those current today. There are also opportunities for developing research and presentation skills as well as trips to conferences and plays and, in some years, to Rome. The work is challenging but rewarding and some students have gone on to study classics at universities including Oxbridge.
Latin A level is now offered by few state schools and colleges; it is a relatively rare qualification valued by universities and employers alike.
"Studying Latin has been a great opportunity to get to know the Romans, their language and their authors. The teachers help get you up to speed with an A level standard of work really quickly." Finn Jarvis, Latin student.
Unseen translation (33% of total A level)
Prose comprehension (17% of total A level)
You will build your knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin. You will study texts written by a range of prose authors and the verse unseen author to develop linguistic competence.
You will learn two prose set texts - Cicero or Tacitus (50 % of total A level)
Plus two Verse set texts - Virgil, Aeneid (50 % of total A level)
Language component: Translation from Latin into English, one prose and one verse text. You will be required to scan two lines of Latin verse. Comprehension questions on a Latin text.
Literature component: A passage from the prose set texts and a passage from the verse set texts. You will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions, and answer two questions which focus on the analysis of literary techniques, characterisation, argument and literary meaning. You will also be required to write an extended response, which draws upon material from the set text.
GCSE grade 6 in Latin (short course GCSE acceptable).