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To study A Level Latin, you will need to have gained at least a Level 6 in GCSE Latin. This A Level would suit students who:
- Are enjoying their GCSE in Latin
- Love the mental challenge of translating a language with inflections and grammatical rules which are often very different to our own
- Are interested in any aspects of the Roman world, but especially their literature
- Want a seriously-respected A Level subject on their UCAS forms and CVs.
Latin (OCR H443)
Over the course of the A/AS level, students will study the works of at least four different authors in preparation for the Language and Literature examinations. In both the Prose and Verse Literature components students will be required to read additional literature in translation in order to understand the context from which the set texts have been taken.
Students continue to develop their understanding of Latin grammar from Key Stage 4 and are expected to translate and answer comprehension questions on unseen texts and comment on prepared literature (both verse and prose). Texts include Cicero’s Philippics and Horace's Satyr. In Year 12 students also learn to compose in Latin. Students are assessed via regular tasks relating to their exams, such as translations, comprehensions and literary criticism.
What does A Level consist of?
The new A Level specification consists of four units.
- Unseen Translation (33%). Translation of a prose and a verse passage from Latin to English. Livy and Ovid will be the authors from which the passages will be taken.
- Prose Composition or Comprehension (17%). Either answer questions on a prose passage in Latin or translate approximately 100 words from English into Latin. These are based on any prose author.
- Prose Literature (25%). Two texts are studied with questions set on style and content; there is also an essay on one of the set texts and further reading in English: Cicero, Philippic II (his attack on Marcus Antonius) and Apuleius, Metamorphoses V.
- Verse Literature (25%). This follows the same model as the Prose Literature. Horace, Satires I and Ovid, Amores II.
Where could this subject take you?
Latin provides a fascinating insight into how other languages work and the foundations of European culture. Not only does it benefit linguists with keen analytical minds, but it can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the classical world. So, if you are considering law, languages, history, medicine, literature or philosophy then the skills you will pick up in Latin are infinitely transferable. Latin is recognised and respected by top universities as a rigorous, academic subject and will stand out on application for any degree subject.
Good Classics graduates can end up working in a huge range of professions including accountancy, marketing, teaching, law, banking and advertising, to name just few.