Latin

An enormous part of Europe’s common identity is based on the culture, principles, and language of Ancient Rome. This course will develop your knowledge of Latin language and literature and further your understanding of Roman culture and civilization. You will learn and study the language by reading texts and completing vocabulary, grammar and translation exercises based on works by authors of the first century BC and the first century AD. The other element of the course investigates and interprets literary, social, moral and historical issues of Ancient Rome and classical civilization through Latin literature dating from the same period.

What skills will I develop?

The language skills you will be developing are writing, reading and translation between Latin and English and a deep understanding of grammar, transferable to other languages.

Through studying original Roman literature you will develop skills in essay writing, critical analysis of texts, and the ability to structure and evaluate a cogent argument.

You will obtain a wide range of general knowledge on moral and cultural issues and gain insight into Roman history, culture and society.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: Unseen Translation (1 hour, 45 minutes - 33%)

  • Section A: Translate a passage of unseen prose into English.
  • Section B: Translate a passage of unseen verse into English.

Component 2 - Examination: Prose Composition or Comprehension (1 hour 15 minutes - 17%)

  • Section A: Complete a short translation, answer comprehension questions and grammar questions.
  • Section B: Translate an English passage of at least 100 words into Latin.

Component 3 - Examination: Prose Literature (2 hours - 25%)

  • Section A: Questions on set text studied from Group 1 - comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions.
  • Section B: Questions on set text studied from Group 2 - comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions.
  • Section C: Essay on set text studied from Group 2 drawing on wider reading.

Component 4 - Examination: Verse Literature (2 hours - 25%)

  • Section A: Questions on set text studied from Group 3 - comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions.
  • Section B: Questions on set text studied from Group 4 - comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions.
  • Section C: Essay on set text studied from Group 4 drawing on wider reading.

Where does the course lead?

A Level Latin is a highly regarded qualification among university admission tutors. You can study Latin on its own or in combination with many humanities and arts courses, especially Classical Civilization, History, Law, Philosophy, Theology or a European language.

Latin is also a useful asset if you plan to enter journalism, science, government or politics.

Exam Board

OCR

Head of Department

Liz Bentley-Pattison

Entry Requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+).

Prior knowledge of Latin is desirable but not essential.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%