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Latin - A Level at The Latymer School

Course description

At AS and A2 Latin students continue to translate increasingly complex Latin passages, and their ability to translate fluently and subtly is examined at the end of each year in the Sixth Form. In addition, students study more Latin Literature and gain an appreciation of two set authors over the course of each year of their study. Class sizes vary enormously at this level, but are typically much smaller than at GCSE, with perhaps about 12 pupils or less. The exam board used is OCR.

At AS students increase their knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and over the course of the year gain an increasingly subtle ability to translate unseen pieces of Latin. As with the GCSE, the Literature authors change fairly regularly but recently the Verse literature that has been studied has been Vergil’s famous epic poetry from Aenied book 4 and before that his take on the myth of Scylla in Metamorphoses book 8. The Prose literature text is currently an extract from Cicero’s Pro Milone, but prior to that it was his very important speech revealing Catiline’s plot against the Republic: In Catilinam book 1. At A2 students study set authors in preparation for the unseen translation and comprehension (this year Ovid and Livy) as well as Verse and Prose set texts. This year Tacitus’ Annals book 4 (as the Prose option) and a selection of Catullus’ poems (as the Verse option) have been studied and pupils will be able to write at length about the literary techniques employed by the author.

Every year a number of pupils go on to study Classics or Latin at university: in recent years students have gone to a variety of institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway and Warwick. Sixth formers have also enjoyed Classics Summer Schools and introductory course to Classics at London universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Latymer School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September