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Latin AS Level *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

Latin AS and A Level provide a valuable blend of skills that, as well as being of great benefit in their own right, enhance and complement skills used and developed in many other subject areas, whether languages, humanities, maths or science. The course offers a combination of linguistic expertise and literary criticism that develops critical sensitivity, logic and analysis, clarity and precision in both interpretation and communication, and emotional intelligence.

The further study of Latin also continues to give pupils the opportunity to read unadapted literature in a language other than English, to a very high academic level. 

Entry requirements

GCSE Latin, ideally at A or A*


The course follows much the same outline as GCSE, so should be very familiar. Half of the assessment is language, and half is through examination of set literature.

The entire AS Level is examined; there is no coursework. The AS Level covers exactly the same material as the first half of the A Level course, but has its own exams which may be taken at the end of that year. There is therefore a high degree of flexibility over whether girls take the AS Level or go on to the full A Level course. 


Paper 1


Translation of one passages of unseen Latin prose.

Then either a comprehension passage, also on unseen Latin prose, or five sentences to translate from Latin to English. 

Weighting: 50%


Paper 2


Questions on set prose and verse literature.

The prose set text will be Cicero’s Pro Milone, a defence speech in a murder trial, where Cicero’s client is accused of hiring a gang to assassinate a political opponent; Cicero’s text is part detective work, part courtroom drama. The verse set text will be selections of Roman love elegy by the poets Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus, ranging from the serious and passionate to the trivial and humorous

Weighting: 50%

Future opportunities

The intellectual discipline which you acquire in this course combines well with a wide range of other subjects, especially English, history, modern languages, mathematics and the sciences. The rigour required is valued highly by universities and employers and thus can be of significant value to students striving for places in highly competitive fields, at university or afterwards.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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