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Latin A Level at Varndean College

Course description

The Classics Department at Varndean College offers Latin A Level if enough students are interested in progressing to the next stage of their Latin studies. The course is divided into two units, Latin Language and Latin Literature.  The aims and learning outcomes of this OCR A Level in Latin will enable learners to:

  • further develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, the literary, historical and cultural features of the ancient Rome
  • acquire the language skills and competence which enable learners to read literary texts, both prose and verse, in the original language with appropriate attention to literary techniques, styles and genres
  • apply analytical and evaluative skills which show direct engagement with original texts in the ancient language
  • make an informed personal response to the material studied and begin to develop a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally
  • develop research and analytical skills that will empower them to become independent

Course content

Latin Language

Students build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose texts in Latin to become familiar with the vocabulary in the Defined Vocabulary List and prescribed syntax and accidence.
You will become familiar with works from authors of 1st Century BCE and 1st/2nd Century CE such as Virgil, Cicero, Julius Caesar, Catullus, Livy, Ovid, Seneca and Juvenal.

Latin Literature

We study, in depth, one prose set text: sections of Cicero’s Pro Milone
and one verse set text: sections of Virgil’s Aenied
You will also gain an awareness of the immediate literary context from which these set texts have been taken.

Entry requirements

Standard advanced level course requirements

Plus Grade 5 (B) in GCSE Latin.


All components will be assessed at the end of the course by written examinations:      

  • Unseen Translation (33%)
  • Prose Composition / Comprehension (17%)
  • Prose Literature (25%)
  • Verse Literature (25%)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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