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Latin - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

This A Level allows you to stand out from the crowd for all of the right reasons!  Not only will you be demonstrating an impressive knowledge of a rich and complex ancient language, that has become the foundation of so many modern European languages, but you will be developing an increasing awareness of ancient literature, society, history and values that have helped to form the basis or our modern western European heritage. 

Course content

In your AS year, you will study:

  • Language development, grammar, extended vocabulary, comprehension and translation skills
  • Ovid’s Amores (verse)
  • Cicero’s In Verrem (prose)


In your A2 year, you will study:

  • You will consolidate all you have learned previously, but develop a more sophisticated awareness of accidence and syntax
  • Virgil’s Aeneid IV (epic poetry)
  • Ovid (unseen verse analysis)
  • Tacitus’ Annals XV (prose)
  • Livy (unseen prose analysis)


Each year builds and develops on what you have studied in your GCSE; and while ancient literature dominates your studies, your appreciation of literary expression and subtlety of grammatical complexity will help you to appreciate the huge cross-curricular links this subject offers to so many arts and literary subjects.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


AS: two examinations, each lasting 90 minutes

A2: two examinations, each lasting 2 hours.

There is NO coursework.

Future opportunities

Latin is a strong academic discipline, valued by Universities and Colleges alike.  You will be developing cross-curricular and transferable skills in textual and literary analysis, logic and problem solving, as well as good communication skills and the ability to interpret and evaluate evidence.

Latin will provide any student with the perfect foundation for any further study within Arts and Humanities faculties and it will also support further language and linguistic study.  It also has the added benefit of not pigeon-holing its students into a limited career-path.  Many Latin graduates have gone on to become successful teachers, solicitors, barristers, journalists, servicemen and women in the RAF, Royal Navy and Army and the Police Force, or even accountants and politicians!  You will have the skills and knowledge to pursue virtually any career path you put your mind to!


Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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