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Latin A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

The analysis of every Latin sentence is a lesson in logic. Latin imparts an exceptional intellectual discipline; it develops abstract thinking, lucid expression and precise analytical skills, which provides a strong basis for further learning.

Latinists acquire a depth and mastery of not only Latin and its linguistic structure, but also modern languages, including English. Latin is also the study of the literary, social, and political culture that has informed our own for the past two millennia; Latin will expand your mental horizon.

Course content

A Level Latin comprises two elements; first, the Latin language; second, the analysis of and response to verse and prose literature in Latin.

Amor is the theme of the verse selection, from Virgil’s epic romance to the love elegy of Propertius and Ovid. The prose literature focuses on wickedness and corruption;Tacitis on Nero; Sallust on political conspiracy; and Cicero’s account of embezzlement in Sicily.

The OCR examination has 2 units at both the AS and A2, covering language, verse and prose.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

A grade B at GCSE Latin is a prerequisite to take the A Level.

Future opportunities

Latin is a rigorous subject which is very highly regarded by universities across a wide range of disciplines, both humanities and sciences; it is axiomatic that university admission tutors look for students who are prepared to challenge themselves.

Many students of Latin go on to read classics, history or law at university. Latin is particularly useful for the study of modern languages, history, English, medicine and life sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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