Latin - Classical Languages AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
The Latin and Classical Greek AS and A2 courses
offer a rich blend of language and literature from the
ancient world. You will develop your linguistic skills
in order to understand and appreciate some of the
ﬁnest literature mankind has produced. This will take
you inside the minds of authors who were writing
two thousand years ago. Alongside this, you will
gain an understanding of the events, culture, and
attitudes of Rome and/or Greece at signiﬁcant
periods in their history. The ways in which the
ancient world has shaped western civilisation and
the relationship between the classical and modern
worlds will be explored.
In language classes, you will concentrate on
developing your knowledge of grammar and
vocabulary, and will come to appreciate subtleties
beyond the GCSE syllabus. Each week there will be
grammatical work to complete and vocabulary
In literature lessons, we read and translate original
classical works set by the exam board. One prose
text and one verse text are set for AS, and a different
prose and verse text for A2.
The verse text will be epic or elegiac poetry or
drama (in Greek), and the prose text will be drawn
from history, a legal speech or philosophy. You are
encouraged to understand the content and context
of the texts studied, and to appreciate their literary
qualities. In the Sixth Form, prep is often to look
ahead at the passage of Latin or Greek which will
be studied in the next lesson, or to go back over
material covered previously.
This approach supports your language work, and helps you develop independent powers of analysis.
It is essential that you have at least a grade B at
GCSE in the classical language(s) you wish to take in
the Sixth Form because of the intellectual demands
of these courses. In exceptional circumstances pupils
with strong enough track records in Latin or other
languages may be able to learn enough Greek over
the summer to begin the AS course when they join
the Sixth Form.
Both AS and A2 are assessed by exams at the end of
the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years respectively.
The types of tasks in the AS and A2 exams are
developments of those in the GCSE exams:
translations; comprehension; analysis of style,
content and themes and contexts of literary texts.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
payable before submitting your application.
AS and A2 qualiﬁcations in Latin and Greek are
rightly regarded by universities and employers as
indications of intellectual ability. They also
demonstrate impressive breadth, as these courses
offer the chance to develop skills which are at
different times linguistic, analytical, empathetic,
logical, creative, and critical. These are skills which
will equip you for a very wide range of interesting
careers, such as the Foreign Ofﬁce, journalism,
advertising, business, ﬁnance or the law. In particular
they will help you learn other languages quickly and
effectively. When the head of recruitment at Shell
was asked why he employed so many Classics
graduates, he replied, ‘Because they sell more oil.’
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.