Latin A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School
The Latin course in the Sixth Form continues to develop the skills used at GCSE: the understanding of the linguistic structures of Latin, a personal response to some Latin literature, and an awareness of the ancient Roman cultural background. Pupils sit two papers which tests their ability to translate from Latin into English, with the option of some relatively simple English into Latin translation in one. There is some additional grammar to cover, but no set vocabulary list. Instead pupils are expected to improve by reading and discussing lots of original Latin, becoming more confident in dealing with idiomatic ‘real’ Latin. The remaining two papers test the ability to comment sensitively on texts that will have been studied (one paper for prose authors, the other for verse). The new linear course will allow pupils either to study two set texts in real depth, or look at a broader range of authors. There is no coursework in Latin.
Unit 1a Unseen Translation 1 hour 45 examination (33%) Unit 1b Unseen Comprehension or Prose Comprehension 1 hour 15 examination (17%)
Candidates build on their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures. There is no defined vocabulary list, but candidates are expected to be familiar with the vocabulary and linguistic structures used by the authors specified.
Unit 2 Prose Literature 2 hours examination (25%)
Candidates study and discuss a prescribed amount of Latin text, as well as some of the text in translation to give a better understanding of its context. There is a choice of texts, including Cicero pro Milone, Tacitus Annals I and some letters of Seneca.
Unit 3 Verse Literature 2 hours examination (25%)
Candidates study and discuss a prescribed amount of Latin text, as well as some of the text in translation to give a better understanding of its context. There is a choice of texts, including Virgil Aeneid VII or X, Ovid Heroides, Ovid Amores, Tibullus and Propertius.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.