The key to rich and influential literature and 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 opportunities for developing
research and presentation skills, as well as trips to conferences, plays and,
in some years, to Rome. The work is challenging but rewarding. Some
students have gone on to study Classics at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, others have chosen to study Medicine, Law or modern languages.
Latin A level is now offered by few state
schools and colleges; it is a relatively rare qualification valued by universities and employers alike
''Latin has been my favourite subject
at Hills as the content is fascinating and beautiful, both literature and language, and the teachers are extremely supportive.” AUDREY, 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).
Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies