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Latin A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

Latin Language (2 papers)

  • Unseen Translation
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks

Prose Composition or Comprehension

  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 50 marks

Latin Literature (2 papers)

  • Prose Literature
  • 2 hours
  • 75 marks

Verse Literature

  • 2 hours
  • 75 marks

Course content

Teaching is usually done in small groups. 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. You will also read a range of Roman authors in the original Latin 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. In studying Latin literature, 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.

Entry requirements

GCSE Latin at grade A or equivalent.

Assessment

  • The Unseen Translation question paper has two sections:
    • A: candidates will translate a passage of unseen prose into English
    • B: candidates will translate a passage of unseen verse into English and scan two lines of verse
  • The Prose Composition or Comprehension question paper has two sections, either:
    • A: candidates will complete a short translation, answer comprehension questions and grammar questions; or
    • B: candidates will translate a passage English, of at least 100 words, into Latin
  • In the Prose Literature question paper candidates answer comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions on the texts that they have studied, also drawing upon the additional reading they have done in English
  • In the Verse Literature question paper candidates answer comprehension questions, set text translation and analysis questions on the texts that they have studied, also drawing upon the additional reading they have done in English

Future opportunities

Latin is a very highly regarded A Level and is recognized 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. Latin can be studied as classics alongside Greek at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodbridge School directly.

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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