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A-Level Latin

Latin in the Sixth Form is seriously enjoyable as it is throughout the School because of the fascinating content of the texts and the opportunity of learning to write Latin.

Every year, a good number of candidates take up Latin from within and from without the school. Most years the Latinists, though not necessarily, also go on to read Classics or Classical related subjects at the very best universities in the country. All candidates will be expected to study two set texts, one prose and one verse. Essentially students will study two to three authors, for instance Cicero, Tacitus and Virgil. Additionally they read some of both of the authors in translation. 
 
All are encouraged to attend the Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School. Greek GCSE and A-Level is available upon request.
 
If a student has attended a school which offers GCSE Latin, it is required that he or she will have taken the subject and will have achieved a Grade 7 or above. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.
 
Overview
 
01. Unseen paper of 1 hour 45 mins. 100 marks.
 
In Section A, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin prose into English. This section is worth 50 marks. In Section B, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin verse into English. Learners will also be required to scan two lines of verse. This section is worth 50 marks.
 
02. Comprehension Paper or Prose composition of 1hour 15 mins. 50 marks.
 
Learners answer either Section A or Section B. In Section A, learners will answer translation, comprehension and grammar questions on an unseen passage of Latin prose. This section is worth 50 marks. In Section B, learners will translate a passage, of at least 100 words in length, into Latin. This section is worth 50 marks.
 
03. Prose author.  Two hours. 75 marks.
 
In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 1. In Section B, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 2. They will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and answer a 15-mark question analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning. In Section C, learners will write an essay which draws upon material from the Group 2 set text and the material read in translation. 
 
04. Verse author. Two hours. 75 marks.
 
In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 3. In Section B, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 4. In both Section A and Section B, learners will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and answer a 15-mark question analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning. In Section C, learners will write an essay which draws upon material from the Group 4 set text and the material read in translation.
 
Content of Prose Literature    
 
Tacitus, Annals IV OR Cicero, pro Cluentio

Content of Verse Literature
 
Catullus' Poetry, Ovid, Heroides I, III, VII OR Virgil, Aeneid XII
 
Enrichment. 
 
Visit in Activity Week Two to Greece.
 
Many candidates also take up the opportunity to study Greek at this stage and are encouraged to attend the Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School.
 
Associated Careers.
A Classics Degree is regarded by employers as an illustration of an ability to think logically and coherently; it therefore, in combination with suitable work experience and specialist training from the employer, opens doors to a variety of careers from accountancy and consultancy to the diplomatic corps, civil service, Foreign Office, the law and computer programming.

CONTACT DETAILS
 
Mr. Alexander Carroll, Head of Classics
Email: acarroll@saintolaves.net