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Latin A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Why choose to study A Level Latin?
- A level Latin will help you stand out from the crowd as it is notoriously complex and respected by universities.
- It offers the opportunity to read a wide range of Latin literature in the original language, a fascination into the roots of the European literary tradition and a chance to consider the relations between written texts and the societies that produce them.
- It involves deeper study of the culture of the Romans, which is at once strikingly alien to our own and also profoundly linked to it.
- It is a challenging and stimulating subject which will develop a range of analytical and interpretative skills, making it well respected in the wider academic community.
- It combines profitably with Arts subjects such as English Literature, History and Modern Languages and can also add breadth to a selection of Mathematics and Science A levels.
- It is very useful for those wishing to study Medicine as a core skill for anatomical terms.

Course content

- Latin Language: You will build on your translation skills from GCSE and develop your knowledge of accidence and syntax. You will begin prose composition, translating from English into Latin and will also practise Latin comprehension exercises. There are two papers totalling 3 hours which account for 50% of marks.

- Latin Verse: You will read a selection from complex poet (Vergil Aeneid VIII and X), developing your skills in literary analysis. You will develop and hone your unseen translation skills in verse literature and literary appreciation. There is a 2 hour exam worth 25% of the total grade.

- Latin Prose: You will read a selection from the master of Latin Republican prose, Cicero. The set-text is his great speech on behalf of the street thug and political activist Milo; pro Milone. You will contextualise this work against the drop of Late Republican history and will analyse his stylistic and linguistic techniques. You will continue to study the art of writing Latin prose. There is a 2 hour exam worth 25% of the total grade.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved A or A* at GCSE Latin, including both Latin language papers.

Future opportunities

- The skills acquired in the study of Latin at Advanced level make it a welcome qualification for a wide variety of degree course.
- Specifically, in addition to traditional Latin and Classics courses, there is a variety of courses available, ranging from Archaeology and Ancient History to Egyptology. Latin is also useful as a basis for Medicine, Law and History.
- Like most Arts degrees Classical Civilisation can lead on to a very wide range of careers: journalism, management, law, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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