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Latin - AS / A level at Ipswich School

Course description

Latin will be offered as part of the new OCR Classics suite which will also include Greek and possibly Ancient History. There will be four module A levels with two modules taken at the end of Year 12 and the final two modules taken at the end of Year 13.

AS is an integral part of the whole scheme and stands as a midpoint in difficulty between GCSE and A2 levels. It also makes a logical and valuable addition to any portfolio of subjects chosen in the Lower Sixth whether for a year or for later conversion into a full A level.

Course content

Develop competence in the language studied.

Develop the ability to read, appreciate and understand Roman literature.

Acquire some understanding of the civilisation in which that literature was produced.

Provide an interesting, enjoyable and relevant course of study.

Develop skills with further application of study, work and leisure.

The Papers

Latin will be made up of a series of units which focus on the key skills of both language and literature work. There will be an opportunity to study both prose and verse texts in the original. There will be plenty of opportunity for reading around the subject and developing these important skills outside the restrictions of the examination framework. Over the two years of the full A level, language work will require students to work on both prose and verse Latin as well as a passage for comprehension.

Entry requirements

Latin at GCSE grade B or above is extremely useful for Latin but some students pick up Latin again following a hard revision session at a Summer School. Currently it is not possible to start A level Latin from scratch in the Sixth Form. The standards and aspirations are high. Our average A level scores for the past few years have been in the region of A/B grade for Latin and B grade for Classical Civilisation.

Future opportunities

Apart from giving you a top rate education in their own right, Latin and Classical Civilisation combine well with other subjects. They provide good training for the mind and help you to learn on your own. They encourage you to acquire a number of useful transferable skills. A classical training remains very attractive to employers.

There are many university courses and a wide range of Classics + courses. The Classics Department at Oxford boasts of being the single largest department in the university! Whether you go on to study something classically related at a higher level or not, the training you receive at A level will stand you in good stead. It is worth noting that Classics graduates are greatly sought after by employers.

Further information

The Extras

The Classics Department is a very energetic one. There are often:

Visits to plays, both locally and in London.

Visits to museums as part of `fieldwork` for courses.

Study days on relevant topics.

Opportunities to attend university days, like the Oxbridge day.

Regular opportunities to participate in Summer Schools.

There are also regular longer trips abroad. Italy, Greece,Tunisia, Syria and Turkey have been recent destinations. There was also a sixth form trip to Rome.

Want to learn more?

Try browsing through: Sex, Love and Tragedy by Simon Goldhill or A Very Brief Introduction to Classics by Mary Beard and James Henderson or An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics by Peter Jones.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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