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Latin A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

Latin is a challenging and satisfying subject to study for A Level. It is widely respected throughout the academic community because it requires students to develop a logical and disciplined intellect.

The A Level Latin course combines well with a range of other subjects: it obviously complements the study of modern foreign languages as well as English, Classical Civilisation and Humanities, and any scientific or mathematical study.

Course content

During the course you will study poetry and prose by a range of Roman authors. You will study in depth one prose and one verse set text which may require study of the rest of the work in translation. These texts will give you an understanding of aspects of social or political life in Rome and will help you to understand a particular literary genre: love poetry, epic, oratory or history.

You will also have regular practice of unseen translations and learn how to translate English into Latin. This will help consolidate your knowledge of Latin language and develop you comprehension skills.

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

Grade B minimum in GCSE Latin.



One literature unit (verse and prose): commentary, translation & essay

One language unit: unseen translation (prose), optional prose composition.


2 units One verse literature and language unit: unseen verse translation and a prescribed verse set text.

One prose literature and language unit: unseen prose translation and a prescribed prose set text.

Future opportunities

Students who choose to read Latin at university go on to a variety of careers including: law, politics, museum work, archaeology or teaching. The disciplined intellect needed for the study of Latin is also highly respected throughout the business world. Universities offer Latin in combination with a number of other subjects especially modern languages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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