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Latin at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

Study at both AS and A2 Level is divided between two distinct areas:

There is no new grammar to be met at AS and A2 Level Latin. We simply review and improve on that already studied at GCSE level. Initially, we follow the course “So You Really Want To Learn Latin” and then rapidly move on to as many authentic and original texts as we can. This enables us to learn more about the poets, historians and public figures of the Roman World as well as giving a greater insight into the lives and times of those authors.

Examination is through the translation and comprehension of unseen passages of both prose and poetry, set from nominated authors, and using vocabulary provided in advance.

This element of the course involves the study of two set texts, one verse and one prose. The literature chosen could include a range of themes from violence, heroic deeds, and dilemmas to the supernatural, love and betrayal. Any preconceived ideas about the ancient world will be challenged by what you read and it will even make you view the modern world in a different light. The literature is treated very much in the same way as during GCSE; the text is translated and discussed, considering the issues raised within them and both the literary and historical merit of the work.

Examination is through translation, with questions on passages of Latin and essays, requiring detailed analysis and critical appreciation.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade A in Latin.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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