A Level Latin
Latin is compulsory for all students in Year 8 and Year 9, after which it becomes an option for GCSE. The subject provides pupils with an understanding of grammar and vocabulary which will aid learning in a number of other subjects being studied in the curriculum. Latin focuses your ability to analyse and identify grammar, whilst providing a vocabulary from which 60% of everyday spoken English derives. Pupils are given the ability to read and translate famous works by some of histories most important authors, whilst being submerged in the foundations of a culture to which we owe some of our greatest achievements and advancements.
At A-Level, students continue their study of ancient prose and verse literature which they began at GCSE, whilst developing their skills of translation and aiming towards producing translations of simple sentences from English into Latin.
Unit L1: Latin Language
Students choose to either translate a section of unseen Latin prose, or translate a small number of sentences from English into Latin.
Unit L2: Latin Verse and Prose Literature
Students analyse and translate passages of seen Latin literature, with the prescription currently being Cicero 'De Imperio' and Ovid 'Metamorphoses III'.
Unit L3: Latin Verse
Students attempt both comprehension and translation sections of unseen Latin verse, with the examination currently being focused on Ovid 'Elegiacs'. In addition they prepare seen passages from a prescribed text, currently being Virgil 'Aeneid XI'.
Unit L4: Latin Prose
Students attempt both comprehension and translation sections of unseen Latin prose, with the examination currently being focused on Livy. In addition they prepare seen passages from a prescribed text, currently being either Pliny 'Letters' or Tacitus 'Annals IV'.
The A Level course allows students to develop their understanding of the Latin language, whilst expanding their knowledge of some of histories most famous figures and their written works.