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Latin A Level at St Michael's Catholic Grammar School

Course description

AS and A2 Latin is a continuation of GCSE content with increased emphasis on works of literature, a more in-depth understanding of Latin syntax and style and the social and historical context of republican and early imperial Rome.

We follow the OCR syllabus for which there is a set vocabulary list of approximately 850 words for the AS units. 

The A2 units have no prescribed vocabulary but we expect students to learn approximately 850 more words by the end of Year 13.

Course content

  • AS Unit 1: Language – Unseen translation, translation of English sentences into Latin.
  • AS Unit 2: Literature – Cicero, On the Command of Gnaeus Pompeius, Ovid, Metamorphoses III – The punishment of Pentheus by Bacchus
  • A2 Unit 1: Verse – Unseen translation and analysis of Ovid’s elegiac poetry; Virgil, Aeneid Book 6 – Aeneas in The Underworld
  • A2 Unit 2: Prose – Unseen translation and analysis of Livy’s History of Rome; Set texts Pliny’s letters OR Tacitus Annals Book 4.

Future opportunities

Latin it is essentially a non-vocational subject in that it does not prepare you for any one defined career. However, the unique skills derived from studying and analysing an inflected language far more complex than English are utterly transferable to, and desirable in, many career paths: former students of Latin can be found working in Government, Law, Medicine, Media, Academia, Banking, Research and Journalism, inter alia. Mastery of Latin still commands a great deal of respect among employers, particularly in the Civil Service and other areas of Government. Top universities appreciate the academic rigour demanded of Latin students and look very favourably upon those with an ancient language amongst their A Levels. 


Results at St. Michael’s are excellent, averaging at 100% A* to B in recent years and we have a good track record in preparing sixth formers for top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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