A Level Latin 2018-04-06T10:20:16+00:00

A Level Latin

Exam Board: OCR

The Course and Teaching

We will start by focusing on extending your knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through continued linguistic study, wider reading and by studying passages of Latin. Much of the grammar will have been taught at GCSE, but this is thoroughly revised and extended at A Level, with the aim of increasing reading fluency of Latin texts. You will regularly be given graded passages of Latin prose and verse for unseen translation in order to build up your translation skills. As we progress, the range of Roman authors you read in the original Latin will broaden and in this way you will build confidence in your awareness and understanding of vocabulary, accidence and syntax and also gain a deeper insight into Roman culture. To this end, extended reading in English will be done alongside your studies of Latin texts. Studying set texts of Latin literature will be the focus at the later stages of the course. You will be reading authors such as Cicero, Seneca, Virgil and Ovid. You will learn to evaluate and respond to these works of Latin literature, analysing the authors’ use of language and thus extending the literary critical skills that you developed at GCSE.

Exams and Assessment

Content Overview Assessment Assessment
Learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin. Learners study texts written by a range of prose authors and the verse unseen author to develop linguistic competence. Unseen Translation (01)
100 marks
1 hour 45 minute paper
Written paperProse Composition or Comprehension (02)
50 marks
1 hour 15 minute paper Written paper
33% of total A Level

 

17% of total A Level

Learners study two Latin Prose Literature set texts in depth. Learners also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken. Prose Literature (03)
75 marks
2 hour paper
Written paper
25% of total A Level
Learners study two Latin Verse Literature set texts in depth. Learners also study additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken. Verse Literature (04)
75 marks
2 hour paper
Written paper
25% of total A Level

Teachers

Dr N. Gilbert and Dr G. Gilbert

University Courses and Careers

Latin is a very highly regarded A Level and is recognised as a marker of exceptional academic ability. By learning to read sophisticated literary texts in the original language, and by acquiring mastery of a highly inflected language purely through its grammatical rules, you will demonstrate to university admissions tutors and future employers that you have a supple and powerful mind and that you have developed a broad range of critical and analytical abilities.

Latin combines well with English, history, classical Civilisation, modern languages, and interestingly, mathematics, physics and computing. At university Latin can be studied as Classics, often alongside Classical Greek. Latin can also be of great benefit for those taking degrees in English, History, comparative literature, linguistics and modern languages. Latin is particularly valued by faculties of law, as Latinists have been solidly trained to analyse texts with precision and to express thoughts and ideas clearly and coherently.