WJEC Educas GCSE in Latin
Why Study Latin?
The best reason for taking Latin GCSE is to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the ancient Romans. If you have enjoyed Latin so far, you will continue to enjoy learning more of the language and culture of ancient Rome.
As you continue your studies of the Latin language, you will be reading stories in Latin at the appropriate graded level. The stories will mainly be about Greek mythology and Roman history. In this way you will develop your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and acquire a greater ability to read Latin texts, while learning more about Greek and Roman civilisation. Along the way you will also develop skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking, as well as linguistic skills, which will give you a greater power over language and will help you with your studies of English, modern languages and even other ancient languages and computer languages.
The context of the Latin language – the Roman society in which it was used – will always be very important in our teaching of Latin, but it is also important for the exam. The topic will be Roman Entertainment and Leisure, and this means that you will be learning about gladiators and other entertainment in the amphitheatre, dinner parties and recitations, the Roman baths, theatrical plays, etc. This part of the exam is all in English.
You will also have the opportunity to read a bit of literature in the original Latin. Short texts from several different writers are read, and the texts share the same theme of chariot racing. As well as enjoying the topic, you will also develop your skills of literary understanding and analysis at the same time.
Where can GCSE Latin lead?
University relevance: Latin has always been and remains a highly regarded academic subject. A GCSE in Latin is therefore very highly valued by university admissions tutors.
Studying Latin is excellent preparation for further studies in a wide range of disciplines – history, literature, Classics, modern languages, linguistics, etc.
Latin vocabulary is the basis of much of the terminology used in law, medicine, science and politics, as well as academic and professional language generally.
Careers relevance: The rigour and skills developed in learning Latin provide the basis for careers such as law and the civil service where the close reading and analysis of textual evidence is a prerequisite.
Latin develops the mental agility and analytical and problem solving skills needed in careers such as medicine, IT, management and teaching.
Professions such as journalism and translation, where close language analysis and linguistic awareness are essential, also benefit from the skills developed through the study of Latin.
Course content and assessment: We follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Latin. This qualification is assessed by three written examinations. The language examination consists of three parts: comprehension, translation and short grammatical analysis questions. The literature and sources paper tests your knowledge and evaluative skills of authentic Latin set texts which you will have studied in detail in class. The third paper is on Roman Civilisation.
Component 1: Latin Language (50%)
Translation from Latin (35%)
Grammatical analysis (10 %)
Component 2: Latin Literature and Sources (30 %)
Topic 1: Schools and Education
or Topic 2: A Day at the Races
Component 3: Roman Civilisation (20%)
Topic: Roman Entertainment and Leisure