Latin at The Bishop's Stortford High School
Examination Board: OCR.
What makes a good Latinist?
In order to succeed in AS Latin, you really need a good grade at GCSE. You will already have covered most of the grammar that you will need, but you will find that the texts at AS are significantly more complex and difficult than those at GCSE, so it is essential that you have a solid base from which to work. The second ingredient for success is perseverance. You will often be confronted with texts that seem impossible to translate, and you will have to work away at them until you uncover their meaning.
An appreciation for literature would also be helpful, since you will be studying two major Latin authors and you will be expected to develop a personal response to their work.
Finally, you will need enthusiasm, a capacity for hard work and a willingness to go beyond the work that we are doing in class by reading around the subject in your own time.
What can I expect to learn in Latin?
By the end of the two-year course, you will have a good knowledge of the Latin language which will be based on a solid understanding of its grammar, and you will be able to translate unadapted texts into English. You will also have studied four major Latin authors, and have developed an appreciation for the literary value of their work, and you will know quite a lot about the history and culture of the classical world.
Perhaps you are wondering what use this will be to you in the future?
The answer is: a great deal of use. You will find that your understanding of the complexities of Latin grammar will reinforce your understanding of Modern Foreign Languages, as well as making it infinitely easier for you to learn other languages later on, if you ever need to.
Your knowledge of Latin vocabulary will enrich your English vocabulary and will make you a better writer and speaker of your own language. Your reading of classical authors will illuminate and enhance your appreciation for modern literature, and your acquaintance with classical culture and history will provide you with a constant point of reference for the consideration of contemporary events.
The AS examination consists of two modules:
(1) Latin language (unseen translation of Latin texts into English) and,
(2) Latin verse and prose literature (prescribed verse and prose texts).
Both modules are taken at the end of Year 12.
The A2 examination consists of two further modules:
(3) Latin verse (prescribed verse texts and unseen translation and comprehension of Latin verse) and,
(4) Latin prose (prescribed prose texts and unseen translation and comprehension of Latin prose), both of which are taken at the end of Year 13.
B grade or above in GCSE Latin.
Examinations: 100% (taken in June of Years 12 and 13).
As far as university entrance is concerned, Latin is always a useful subject, and particularly so for students of English, Modern Foreign Languages, Law, History, Medicine and Philosophy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop's Stortford High School directly.