Classics A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
a fascination with language and the logical processes linguistic study encourages
then Classics (Latin and/or Greek) in the Sixth Form could be for you.
What are lessons like?
Teaching groups are of a size to make a discursive approach ideal and everyone is expected to contribute to lessons. If you can think, reason, analyse, compare, argue, justify, defend, criticise, ask, answer, listen and remember you will enjoy
Language lessons usually involve vocabulary tests, studying grammar intensively to allow not only translation from Latin/Greek into English but also composition of Latin/Greek, oral translations and receiving back marked work and discussing any
The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken. An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics. All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.
Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).
We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country’s exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important. Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.
There will be a new AS level, to be examined first in 2009.
In January the mock examinations are in line with and in the style of the appropriate AS units.
The June examination will be an external assessment of the two AS modules prescribed by the OCR: L1/G1 Latin/Greek unprepared prose translation, with an optional element of English into Latin/Greek sentences (1 hour 30 minutes); L2/G2 Prescribed verse and prose texts (1 hour 30 minutes).
There will be a new A-level, to be examined first in 2010. Current lower sixth students will be the last to take three modules at A2 level.
In January the mock examinations are in line with and in the style of the appropriate A2 units.
The June 2010 examination will be an external assessment of the two A2 modules prescribed by the OCR: L3/G4 Prescribed verse texts and unprepared verse translation and comprehension (2 hours); L4/G4 Prescribed prose texts and unprepared prose translation and comprehension, with an option to offer prose composition (2 hours).
Many LRGS students who go on to study Classics at university do so at Oxford and Cambridge. A Classics (or Latin/Greek) degree from a good university remains a prestigious academic qualification and one highly prized by employers.
Career destinations of recent ex-LRGS Classics graduates have included the law, accountancy, university lecturing, teaching, local government and banking. In fact, the majority of Classics graduates go into the financial sector in one form or another, and many go into the media and the arts.
No non-subject specific career is denied to classicists, and there is much published evidence from employers and university careers officers that classicists are highly employable. Their intelligence, powers of expression and communication, and organisational and analytical skills are widely known and appreciated.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.