Latin A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate
Latin is the study of the Ancient Roman world through its language and literature. The course provides a chance for students to extend the skills they developed at GCSE and approach much more challenging texts. Over the two years of the course, students will study a range of Latin prose authors including Pliny, Tacitus, Seneca and Cicero (students will not have to study all of these authors). They will also study a range of Latin verse authors including Ovid, Propertius, Tibullus and Virgil (likewise, students will not have to study all of these authors). In addition to this, they will continue to build up their language skills and vocabulary and along the way they will be able to appreciate how the ancient world influences our own both in terms of culture and language.
Latin Unseen: This unit tests candidates’ ability to translate unseen Latin prose and verse (the verse portion will be from Ovid). Candidates will need to be familiar with the Latin of authors from the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD. They will need to be able to recognise, analyse and translate grammar and vocabulary that they have learnt throughout the course.
Latin Comprehension or Prose Composition: Students will either need to answer comprehension questions on an unseen passage take from Pliny’s letters or translate an unseen passage of English into Latin. They will need to be able to recognise, analyse and translate grammar and vocabulary that they have learnt throughout the course.
Latin Verse: Students will study some of the following: excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid and examples of love elegy from Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus, as well as the Heroides by Ovid.
Latin Prose: Students will study some of the following: excerpts from Tacitus’ Annals I, Cicero’s Pro Milone speech and Seneca’s letters.
Specific Requirements & Skills Required:
The ability to learn and retain large amounts of vocabulary and grammatical knowledge, building on what has been learnt at GCSE
A willingness to revise personal knowledge and fill gaps in understanding
The ability to translate Latin passages accurately and thoroughly, not giving up when things become challenging
To be able to analyse ancient literature and talk about it in an educated fashion
The ability to see how a writer’s surroundings can affect their work
To be able to compare and contrast different passages and see how the work of one author can influence another
Latiin Unseen - 105 minute paper, which makes up 33% of their total A Level.
Latin Comprehension - 75 minute paper, which makes up 17% of their total A Level.
Latin Verse - 120 minute translation paper, which makes up 25% of their total A Level.
Latin Prose - 120 minute translation paper, which makes up 25% of their total A Level.
Those who wish to continue studying Latin at degree level have a variety of options open to them. Many universities run courses in Classics, where a student’s knowledge of Latin language and literature can be more fully combined with ancient philosophy, history, archeology, art and linguistics, in whatever format suits the individual learner. There are also numerous dual honours courses, where Classics can be combined with other subjects.
A degree in Classics can be useful for jobs in law, the civil service, the Foreign Service, academia, education, archeology and many other professions. Because of the challenging nature of the subject and large number of interdisciplinary skills it requires, many Classicists go onto jobs in the public and private sectors, such as consultancy and finance.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.