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Latin A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

Latin occupies a major place in the
history of world culture, as it was the
major language of the Roman Empire,
which stretched from Britain to Africa
to the boundaries of modern India at
its height. Through Latin, we can gain
an understanding of the impact of
Roman culture and thus its
considerable legacy, and we can access
a wealth of rich literature.
Latin is the essential root of modern Romance
languages. To study Latin is to be both
fascinated and to be inspired, as have
been so many of the historians,
politicians and authors of the last two


Course content

Throughout the AS course, students
can build a thorough understanding of
more complex linguistic structures and
develop the ability both to translate
Latin into English more fluently and to
translate English into idiomatic Latin.
In addition to the study of language,
students will study two Latin authors
(one prose and one verse) in the
original language, through which they
learn to respond personally to the text,
considering the spiritual, moral and
cultural issues that emerge from the
The A2 course continues to
develop these skills, but expects greater
independence in the student; this is
demonstrated through the broader
questioning and decreased guidance in
the A2 examinations.

Entry requirements

The AS course is a direct continuation
of GCSE and assumes a knowledge of
the Latin vocabulary and grammar
prescribed for the GCSE course (a
grade B at GCSE is desirable).


Assessment takes the form of two
examinations each year; there is no
coursework element. Each module is
worth 25% of the overall A Level (or
50% of an AS Level if pupils decide
not to continue into the U6).
AS Level
Language Paper: One compulsory
prose passage of unseen Latin to be
translated into English; either a
second prose passage of unseen Latin
or English sentences to be translated
into Latin.
Literature Paper: Two compulsory
questions (one on prose author and
one on verse author).
A Level
Latin Verse Paper: One compulsory
question on the prescribed verse
author; one compulsory verse
passage of unseen Latin (translation
and comprehension).
Latin Prose Paper: One compulsory
question on the prescribed prose
author; either one prose passage
of unseen Latin (translation and
comprehension) or a prose
composition translation from
English into Latin.

Future opportunities

Studying Latin will allow you to access
a variety of careers, such as Law,
Finance, Writing and Politics, to name
a few. Latin is a subject that makes you
a clear and original thinker.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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    • **FEES PAYABLE**

      Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.