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Latin at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

At AS level you will study:

  • Latin Language: this consists of two unseen passages for which there is a prescribed vocabulary.
  • Latin Prose and Verse Literature: consisting of 235 lines of each genre examined by translation, comprehension and short essay.

Course content

How will you learn?

The format of the lessons will familiar from GCSE Latin study, but we would expect there to be more seminars where the student will prepare translations or passages for discussion and examination.  There will also be the opportunity to hear outside speakers where you will need your note-making skills.  Linguistic practice exercises continue throughout the course.

Entry requirements

Grade A or above in GCSE Latin is normally required.A successful candidate not only has the precision necessary for accurate translation, and a genuine interest in the Roman world, its peoples and institutions, but also enjoys reading and analysing history and poetry.


Examination Board: OCR

What exams and coursework are involved?

There are two AS modules: 

  • The Language module consists of translating two graded pieces of Latin - there are no comprehension questions on this module. 
  • The Literature paper requires some translation, but there are also comprehension questions on both content and the written style of the author. There is also one short essay question on each author. 
  • Each module will be examined by a 90 minute examination at the end of Year 12.  There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

At university: Latin, Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Law, Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology even Medicine. Latin combines well with English and Modern foreign languages.

There are many classical scholars in the Civil Service, Politics, Banking, Business Management, Accountancy, Computer Programming; Teaching, Literature, and the Army.  Student destinations are available within the department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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