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Latin IB SL & HL Level 3 Group 2 at Tonbridge Grammar School

Course description

Latin is open to students who have GCSE Latin. It is similar to GCSE, with translation, literature and source work so students who enjoyed GCSE will find even more enjoyment in the Diploma! Classics has the highest application success rate (c.45%) for any Single Honours course at both Oxford and Cambridge. 

Course content

Higher and Standard Level students study together in the same class. Half the lessons are given over to language revision, consolidation and extension. Students are given regular vocabulary and grammar tests as well as working both collaboratively and independently on a variety of prose and poetry translation passages. Literature lessons involve working through the texts, translating collaboratively and analysing the style and meaning of the poems. Students are regularly tested on their knowledge of the passages as well as on exam style questions. Higher Level students have some separate lessons to work on their additional literature. The research dossier is completed over several weeks at the end of Diploma 1 and gives students free choice over an aspect of the classical world they wish to investigate. We are striving for a fully enriched Classical education with tailored extracurricular events including a trip to Pompeii in the Easter holidays of Diploma 1. This year our students have entered Oxbridge reading, translation and essay competitions, attended talks by Oxbridge professors and seen Euripides’ Lysistrata at the theatre. 

Entry requirements

All candidates should have GCSE Grade 6 or above (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, at least one Science and one language where studied. Where equivalence cannot be established the School will set appropriate I/GCSE papers to confirm that the applicant is capable of satisfying the academic profile required for the subjects to be studied and the IB Diploma Programme as a whole



Study of the Language:

2 translation passages (cicero and Ovid). Candidates choose 1 Dictionaries are permitted

External Exam in Diploma 2 - 35% of total grade

Study of Literature:

Translation, comprehension, scansion and text analysis in 2 genres: Poetry (Catallus) & Epic (virgil Aeneid 1)

External Exam in Diploma 2 45% of total grade

Individual Study:

Research dossier of primary evidence, question chosen by the student. 1000-1500 words.

Internal Assessment 20% of total grade.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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