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Latin

This subject will be offered at both Standard and Higher Levels, and counts as a Language in Group 2, or as a Group 6 option. 

Students must have studied Latin at GCSE to take this course, and must have achieved a Level 7 or above to study Higher Level.

Standard Level Latin: 

Paper One (35%) Language ~ Unseen translation, Prose or Verse. 

  • Throughout the year we will be reading authors from across the Roma Empire writing in a wide range if genres
  • The examination is a series of short-answer grammar questions, and a short passage for translation
  • Students will have the support of a dictionary in the exam 

Paper Two (35%) Literature ~ Episodes from Livy’s ab urbe condita.*

  • Students read Livy's account of bold acts of courage and dearing early in Rome's history
  • Examination is in the form of a series of short-answer questions about the content of a passage, and then a longer answer discussing Livy's style. These questions are similar to those encountered in the Latin Literature paper at GCSE level

*Topics are chosen for the variety and interest they offer to the student, and are subject to change.

Coursework (30%)

  • Students prepare a Research Dossier - this is a collection of 7 - 9 primary sources all linked by a theme of the students' own choosing
  • This can be on any element of Roman civilisation you wish
Higher Level Latin

(Level 7 or above at GCSE) 

Paper One (30%) Language ~ Unseen translation, Prose or Verse. 

  • Throughout the year we will be reading authors from across the Roman Empire writing in a wide range of genres
  • The examination is a series of short-answer grammar questions, a short passage of translation, and a more detailed style question on a second passage
  • Students will have the support of a dictionary in the exam

Paper Two (30%) Literature ~ Episodes from Livy’s ab urbe condita & Virgil’s Aeneid. 

  • Students read Livy's account of bold acts of courage and daring in Rome's history.*
  • Students also read Virgil's account of the famous Trojan horse and the razing of Troy.*
  • Examination is in the form of a series of short-answer questions about the content of a passage from one of the set texts, and then a longer-answer question on the style of the other set text. These questions are similar to those encountered in the Latin Literature paper at GCSE level.

*Topics are chosen for the variety and interest they offer to the students, and are subject to change.

Coursework (40%) 

Students prepare a Research Dossier (20%) - this is a collection of 7 - 9 primary sources all linked by an aspect of classical literature or civilisation of the student's own choosing. Students at Higher Level also produce an original composition of 100 words in Latin. (20%) 

Why continue Latin from GCSE?
  • Challenging course that helps you stand out from the crowd
  • Closely connected with top professions like law, medicine, politics
  • Cross-curricular links with all other subjects
  • Builds logic and problem-solving skills to help support mathematical subjects
  • Massive scope for university study: perfect if you are unsure about future career options
  • Allows for a deeper understanding and appreciation of art, literature and culture