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Group Two IB Latin SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Students may choose Latin as their one language for the IB diploma, or in addition to a modern language. They may also, if they wish, take Classical Civilisation.

Course content

Course Content:


At this stage, almost all of the grammar has been studied already, so students will concentrate on various texts from the rich literature of classical Rome.  They will find that they are able to extend their knowledge of Roman civilisation through close reading and discussion of this literature.  The language paper (35%) will build on translation skills developed at GCSE, but a dictionary is allowed at IB Level. Coursework (20%) will consist of a short “research dossier” on any topic of Roman Life. In addition, as extra-curricular activities within the CAS programme, students may choose to start Ancient Greek or teach Latin in a primary school using the ‘Minimus’ course.

Trips to Italy and Greece have become regular opportunities to extend their knowledge of the classical world.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Assessment by:


Exam Paper 1 - Language        -           35% of total

Exam Paper 2 -  Literature        -           45% of total

Coursework                               -           20% of total

Future opportunities

Where will this lead?


A qualification in Latin at this level is highly regarded at university.  Generally it demonstrates an ability to see things in perspective and to analyse them, before making any hasty judgements- abilities much in demand in most professions today.  IB Latin can lead to one of the many university courses in Latin, Classics (with Ancient Greek), Ancient History and Classical Studies.  In recent years, fewer classical students have failed to get jobs at the end of their courses than graduates of any other discipline.


Further information

What skills will you gain?

  • The ability to understand a foreign language to a high level of competence
  • Improved literacy generally
  • Increased written communication skills
  • A high level of adaptability and mental agility

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years