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A Level Latin

Head of Department: Mr A. B. Chadwick

Examination Board: OCR

Specification Code: H443

Course Entry Requirement: GCSE Latin grade 7

This subject offers you the opportunity to study elements of the language and literature of the classical world, acquiring in the process some understanding of the culture, politics and social life of Rome at significant periods in its history. For those students who have already studied Latin, the A-level course enables them to deepen their knowledge of the language through the study of a range of prose and verse literature in Latin, and to understand the social and historical context in which these works were written.

Course Content:

The course is designed to develop their understanding of the Latin language and the related ancient literature, values and society. Students build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin. Students study texts written by a range of prose authors and the verse unseen author to develop linguistic competence. Students study two Latin Prose Literature set texts in depth. Students also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken. Students study two Latin Verse Literature set texts in depth. Students also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken.

Course Assessment:

Unit 1 – Unseen Translation
The unit is examined through a written paper which consists of a translation into English of an unseen passage of Latin.

Unit 2 – Comprehension or Prose Composition

Students widen their knowledge of Latin language through comprehension practice or by translating Latin into English.

Unit 3 – Latin Verse

Students read a book from Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid in the original Latin.

Unit 4 – Latin Prose

Students read Tacitus' account of intrigue in the imperial court of Rome in the original Latin.

Who should study Latin?

Students need to have a good working knowledge of the Latin language.

Higher education and careers:

With an A level in Latin you can:

  • develop an appropriate level of competence in the language studied
  • acquire the language skills which enable Students to read literary texts, both prose and verse, in the original language
  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the literary, historical and cultural features of the ancient world
  • acquire the literary skills which enable Students to read ancient literature, both prose and verse, in its original language with appropriate attention to literary techniques, styles and genres
  • apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level which show direct engagement with original texts in the ancient language
  • make an informed personal response to the material studied
  • begin to develop a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally

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