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Latin A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Northampton High School

Course description

The study of Latin offers the student a unique opportunity to study the ancient culture that is the foundation of the modern European world through the medium of its own language. We study both the language and the literature, and through the historical, philosophical and social elements we offer many interesting insights into contemporary thought and behaviour. Latin is a subject that stands on its own merits, and it combines well with a wide range of other subjects. Students of Modern Languages, History, Drama, English Literature and Classical Civilisation will find a study of Roman society offers new perspectives on their other subjects, whilst those whose main interests are scientific or mathematical will find that Latin can add fresh dimensions to their studies and often provide some welcome variety.

An important part of the course involves the reading of set texts in Latin, with some additional reading in English. We discuss literary techniques and the social, historical and philosophical contexts of the texts. A knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax is also important, and these will continue to be developed throughout the course.

Course content

AS Level
Unit 1 Latin Language: Two passages of unseen are set to be translated into English. A defined vocabulary of about 1,000 words is issued to students.

Unit 2 Latin Verse and Prose Literature: Extracts from prescribed texts, with questions on the comprehension and appreciation of the material, its literary features and its context.

A2 Level
Unit 3 Prescribed Verse Texts and Unseen Latin Verse: Extracts from the verse set texts, requiring comprehension and appreciation as at AS. In Section B candidates must translate a section of unseen verse and answer comprehension questions.

Unit 4 Prescribed Prose Texts and Unseen Latin Prose: Extracts from the prose set texts, requiring comprehension and appreciation as at AS. In Section B candidates must translate a section of unseen prose and answer comprehension questions.

Entry requirements

Grade B at GCSE Latin


100% examination

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Future opportunities

An A Level in Latin is a very highly regarded qualification. More Classics graduates at Oxford are in full-time permanent employment six months after graduation than those from any other discipline, and typical destinations are the Law, Commerce, Banking and the Civil Service. Recently a number of NHS Sixth Formers have taken Latin to at least AS Level in combination with Science subjects, and have then gone to read subjects such as Medicine and Astro-physics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015
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