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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


AS-Level Latin

1. Unseen paper

In Section A, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin prose into English. In Section B, learners will answer comprehension questions about a passage of Latin prose OR translate five sentences of English into Latin.

2. Literature paper

Learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of their set texts. They will have to translate passages of the set texts into English, answer comprehension questions and write a short essay on each analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning.
 

A-Level Latin


1. Unseen paper
 
In Section A, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin prose into English. 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.
 
2. Comprehension Paper or Prose composition
 
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. In Section B, learners will translate a passage, of at least 100 words in length, into Latin.
 
3. Prose author. 
 
In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from their Prose Literature. They will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and write two essays analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning.

 
4. Verse author. Two hours.
 
In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from their Verse Literature. They will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and write two essays analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning.
 
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.
Latin A-Level alone or as part of a Classics Degree (Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History) 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