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Latin IB B Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

With a choice of three different levels: (ab initio,
Standard or Higher Leve) and six different
languages: (French, German, Spanish, Italian,
Russian and Latin), there really is something to
encourage the language learner in all of us in the
IB programme. You can opt to study one or two
languages in any combination of levels.
Language B courses give you the opportunity

to progress to a level recognised as B2 on the
Common European Framework Reference and
you will be competent to converse at a high level
for a range of purposes and audiences. You will
become a truly excellent linguist, able to compete
with students from the rest of Europe and able to
consider either a languages degree (from HL) or a
combined degree (from SL).
At HL you will also study two works of literature.
For example: La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Como Agua
para chocolate, Der Vorleser, Oscar et la Dame Rose.
The ab initio courses allow fervent linguists
to broaden their repertoire of languages, either
pursuing an additional ‘romance’ language
(Italian) or taking on the new challenge of learning
(Russian), with its Cyrillic alphabet and complex
grammar. The ab initio courses allows students
a fresh start at embracing language-learning. In
particular, the Italian course can build on French
or Spanish vocabulary knowledge whilst offering a
new perspective on grammar and culture.

Course content

Classicists will be thrilled that they can pursue
Latin as their ‘Group 2’ language option in the IB.
You will take the following components:
Study of the language: The study of one of two
prescribed authors in order to develop language
and translation skills.
Study of literature: A detailed study of two genres
in the original language (with supplementary
reading in translation).
Individual study: Research dossier

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
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How will I be assessed? (Latin)
The final mark is made up of external exams
taken at the end of the course and internal written
assessments during Year 13.
Paper 1 35%: Translation of a specified part
or parts of one unprepared passage from the
prescribed author.
Paper 2 45%: Responses to questions based on
two extracts for each genre studied.
Internally Assessed Coursework 20%: Individual
study and production of a Research dossier based
on the Classical world.

Future opportunities

Languages can lead, naturally, to a degree in the subject and a career in linguistics, translation, interpreting or teaching. However, languages are a desirable qualification in the eyes of universities, businesses and government agencies generally and many linguists go on to excel in other fields.

Further information

How will I study?

You will have access to reference, linguistic and literary texts in the library, along with periodicals in the languages studied. You will have access to web-based language resources and foreign language films. You will have weekly seminars and time with a foreign language assistant.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Access to native speakers is essential to learn a language effectively, so we will be setting up links and exchanges with overseas schools. There will also be opportunities for linguistic and cultural events through our partners the Alliance Franaise, La Dante and the Arts Picturehouse .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2018
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