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A Level Latin at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  develop further articulacy and linguistic acumen, not least in competence and fluency in translation
  •  read, appreciate and respond personally to classics of Latin literature, both prose and verse
  •  develop a more analytical approach to the language, enabling translation into Latin!
  •  enhance enjoyment by acquiring deeper understanding of cultural, political and social contexts.

Course content

The method of working is similar to that at GCSE. There is a much higher proportion of literature lessons, with greater emphasis on style and the author’s aims, leading towards essay/commentary questions in Y13. At least one lesson a week is spent on language, when grammar and vocabulary are reinforced, and translation is done both in class and for homework. With the literature, we aim initially to build up fluency in students’ translation, but the texts are read in more scholarly detail, and there is greater opportunity for individual response and contribution (and memorisation). Several extra-curricular study days, theatre visits and other trips are also on offer over the two years.

Entry requirements

  •  The AS and A level courses are a logical continuation and development of the GCSE course, with smooth transition between the two – suitable for those with a good grade at GCSE.
  •  Clarity of thought and retention, and a committed, scholarly approach are indispensable. Latin offers a uniquely stimulating and rewarding challenge. It is an academic discipline which demands accuracy in translation, and independence of thought and analysis in literature, as well as provoking reflection upon perennial human behaviours and values.

Future opportunities

  •  Whether the student’s interest is stimulated by the rewards of accurate linguistic work or a passion for literature and human expressivity, the courses provide excellent opportunities to develop both.
  •  Students of History, Art, Drama, Philosophy, English and Modern Languages will find invaluable ancestral origins, intertexts, parallels and cross-references in their study of Latin; as a storehouse of technical/specialist etymology, and with its rigorous, objective system, Latin beautifully complements the sciences too.
  •  With the variety of interest that it offers, its diachronic depth, and the assorted demands it makes on students, Latin retains a matchless place in the curriculum and remains a subject that is highly valued and respected by universities and employers alike.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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