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Classics A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

If you have:

a fascination with language and the logical processes linguistic study encourages
an interest in ideas and literature
a belief that the study of ancient civilisations can widen your intellectual horizons
an ability to talk about and write about ideas,concepts, controversies and issues
a willingness to work hard, enthusiastically and methodically

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
Latin/Greek lessons and learn a huge amount from them!

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
errors which might have occurred.

Course content

The content and style is discussed openly in class to allow the development of independent thought and personal responses to literature. Once the texts have been read, students are often expected to deliver presentations on various themes which are central to the text. Visits to plays, lectures, museums and sites of
classical interest at home and abroad are central to what we do.

Entry requirements

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).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country‚Äôs 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.


Lower Sixth

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).

Upper Sixth

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).

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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