Exam Board: OCR
Level 6 in GCSE Latin is required but a Level 7 is recommended.
What Do We Study?
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of Latin
language, reading widely from a range of authors and developing
their vocabulary and understanding of the language. For the literature
component, students will also study sections from the works of such
authors as Cicero, Tacitus, Apuleius, Virgil and Ovid.
The A Level course involves hard work but is correspondingly
stimulating and rewarding. Latin, like all the Classical subjects, is the
study of human beings – an instrument in trying to understand the
nature of the human personality. At a time when all kinds of attempts
are being made to educate people in the skills of problem solving,
independent thought, aesthetics and other such elusive subjects,
the classical subjects are a field of study that offers enlightenment in
these very things. Possibly the most important product of any classical
subject at A Level is skill in communication, both oral and written.
Four exam papers at the end of the course, one on Verse Literature,
one on Prose Literature, and two language papers, testing unseen
translation and comprehension.
Since Latin is seen by those who do it as a general training in language
and linguistics, as well as an end in itself, it can be taken with any
other combination of subjects.
Career and University Opportunities:
The Classical languages are recognised by the academic, professional
and business worlds as holding a mark of distinction, and people with
its training have proved their ability to solve problems, think precisely
and communicate clearly. Classicists go into a wide range of careers
such as law, marketing, journalism, medicine and publishing.
There may also be the opportunity to study Classical Greek for A Level.
The course is the OCR version, and involves study of both language and
literature. Contact Mrs Hearn for further details.