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This prestigious subject is on offer to Sixth-Formers who have taken Latin at GCSE or who can prove a passion to advance independently to a suitable level.  Class sizes are typically very small, with obvious advantages.

Why Latin?

Latin is a highly respected subject that is ideal for Sixth-Formers who are interested in languages, literature or even the arts. Latin suits a very broad range of degree or career options including Law, History, History of Art, English, Modern Languages and Politics. 

For students starting the course in September 2019, there will be four units; all will be assessed by examination in June 2021.


Latin translation paper and comprehension paper: 50% of total mark

Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to translate from Latin into English and answer comprehension questions on an unprepared text.  Students who have done GCSE Latin should find that the language requirements at A-Level build naturally on their experience at GCSE.

Latin verse and prose literature papers: 50% of total mark

Those who appreciate literature should find Latin very rewarding.  Candidates examine some of the finest texts ever written.  For the prose literature paper, they will examine the speeches of Cicero (the model for many a lawyer today) and the historical writings of Tacitus; for the verse literature paper, they will have the opportunity to study the love poetry of Ovid, a poet so controversial he was exiled for his work, and selections from Virgil’s grand epic, the Aeneid.  They will demonstrate understanding of literary techniques, and have the opportunity to make a personal response to the texts.

Career opportunities

Latin is a stimulating course which can be combined with any other subject. Most importantly it will enrich understanding of a wide range of disciplines, broadening education and career options for the future. Sixth-Formers in the past have found their study of Latin relevant to a wide range of subjects at university, including law, history, art, architecture, classics, English, politics, economics and languages.

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