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Latin at Watford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Awarding Body: OCR

The AS and A2 Level Latin courses enable students to develop further competency in the Latin language and deepen their appreciation of Latin literature and its influence on later writing.

Students further enhance both their translation and analytical skills, largely through the study of select passages from the great canon of Latin literature.

Course content

AS Level: Two Units Assessed Through Two Exams:

Unit 1: Latin Language

Students demonstrate their ability to translate two unseen passages of Latin into fluent and idiomatic English. There is also the option of translating from English into Latin.

Unit 2: Latin Prose and Verse Literature

For 2012-2014, the prescribed texts for study will be:

Verse: Ovid, Amores III. 2, 3, 4, 14 - Students are granted access to the lighter side of Roman life through the elegant and witty poems of this popular Roman author.

Prose: Cicero, In Verrem II. 1.53-69 - Students take a critical look at Cicero’s masterful and compelling polemic against a corrupt provincial governor.

A2 Level: Two Units Assessed Through Two Exams

Unit 3: Verse Literature

For 2013-2015, students will study the first half of Virgil’s Aeneid, Book IV, in which the poet tells of the relationship between Dido and Aeneas; an immortal piece of literature that has had a significant influence upon Western culture.

Students will also be required to translate and make critical comments on a piece of unseen verse taken from the work of the poet Ovid.

Unit 4: Prose Literature

For 2013-2015, the prescribed text for study will be taken from Tacitus’ Annals Book XV, in which our cynical historian outlines the conspiracies and intrigues of the Roman imperial court.

Pupils will also be required to translate and answer comprehension questions on a piece of unseen prose taken from the work of the Roman historian Livy, from whose work we obtain much of our knowledge concerning the early history of Rome.

Entry requirements

Students must have completed GCSE Latin and obtained at least a B grade. A Grade B in English Language is also necessary.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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