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What will I study in A Level Latin?

Latin at A-level is both challenging and compelling. It offers an opportunity to engage more fully with the language, but also to develop those critical skills necessary for so many subjects and employers. Students learn to appreciate and evaluate Latin texts in the original language, working on translation and understanding the structure and literary techniques used by the authors. They develop an eye for detail, learning to analyse and understand the language and how it works in more depth.

Latin Language (Unseen Translation)

Pupils will study the language and its structure, expanding their vocabulary and developing a greater awareness and understanding of the language. This work builds on their knowledge from GCSE and is about making sure students fully grasp the structures and new vocabulary they need to continue improving their language skills. They will learn to translate from Latin into fluent English, dealing with more complex Latin.

Latin Language (Comprehension)

Pupils will learn to read and answer questions on an unseen piece of Latin. The skills developed for this will be the same as those developed for the translation unit, with the addition of learning to answer questions on the grammar of the passage.

Latin Verse

Students will study authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Horace, Catullus in depth, looking at their use of language, their poetry and the historical background of the text. Students will study Latin poetry, including scansion and poetic techniques. They will develop their ability to read Latin in the original and to gain a wider knowledge of different styles and authors within Latin literature.

Latin Prose

Students will study an author such as Cicero or Tacitus in depth, looking at their use of language and the historical background of the text. This in depth study of different prose authors will help to further develop students’ appreciation for Latin literature and culture. Connections can be made to modern literature and culture and students learn to appreciate the historical and literary context in which the texts were written.

Where does A Level Latin lead?

Latin is a rigorous and highly academic subject and as such it can lead to many different professions and university degrees. Latin shows a level of precision of mind and application that few other A Levels can match and therefore it is sought after in law, medicine, IT and journalism, to name but a few. Various studies suggest that classics graduates go on to do a multitude of jobs ranging from banking, medicine and industry to more creative pursuits in the media and IT, where language skills can be very helpful in programming.