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Latin A Level at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

Every year, a good number of candidates take up Latin from within and from without the school. The calibre of the Latin students is extremely high with most years achieving 100% ‘A’ pass rate. Most years the Latinists, though not necessarily, also go onto 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 though not in their entirety. Essentially students will study two authors, for instance Cicero and Virgil. The students will in the Lower Sixth study a number of lines from both authors then in the Upper Sixth study more of the same author and the same text. Additionally they read some of both of the authors in translation. Learners in this subject will be expected to complete four papers. Latin in the Sixth Form is seriously enjoyable as it is throughout the school. Many of the candidates who continue with Latin in the Sixth Form also select the Short Course Greek GCSE as an elective. The most able are encouraged to attend the Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School.

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 A or above. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Course content

Content of Prose Literature (H443/03) .        Set text authors. Prose.

Group One.(Authors studied in the Lower Sixth). Learners will select from one of two authors. Either Cicero ‘Pro Milone’ 24-32, 34-35 and 43-52, or Tacitus. Annals Book 1. 16-30

Group Two. (Authors studied in the Upper Sixth). Cicero ‘Pro MIlone’ 53-64 and 72-80. Cicero is then studied in English in Chapters 43-52, 65-71 and 98-105. Alternatively students can continue with Tacitus Annals Book 1 3-7, 11-14 and 46-49. Tacitus is then studied in English from Chapters 34-45.

Content of Verse Literature (H443/04).  Set text authors. Verse.

Group Three. (Authors studied in the Lower Sixth).  Learners will select from one of the following authors. Either Virgil’s Aeneid Book VIII, 86-279 and 558-584 or Ovid Amores 1.1 and 2.5. Additionally Propertius 1.1 and Tibullus. 1.1

Group Four. ( Authors studied in the Upper Sixth). Learners will select from the following authors. Aeneid Book X. 215-250, 260-307, 362-398, 426-542 and the whole of the book in English. Alternatively they may study Ovid . Amores. 2.7 and 2.8 and Propertius 1.3 and 2.14 and Tibullus 1.3.

Future opportunities

A Classics Degree is regarded by employers as an illustration of an ability to think logically and coherently. It is frequently listed as the most desirable of degrees to have by people wishing to enter the diplomatic corps, the civil service, the law accountancy, or the Foreign Office.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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