Why study this A Level subject?
You have already met most of the grammar, whilst studying GCSE. In the Sixth Form, we study the grammar and vocabulary in greater depth and also learn about history, politics, philosophy and religion of the Romans. The wider social context is particularly important in relation to the set texts, which are studied as works of literature in their own right. Thus, by the end of the course, you will be able to read many of the major authors from the first century BC and the first century AD independently.
Topics of study at A Level
Latin is available as both an AS and as a full A Level.
In both years, you study a mixture of language and literature (a variety of prose and verse literature.)
Opportunities beyond the classroom
There is an active extra-curricular programme of trips to lectures and theatres, mostly in the evening (2-3 per term), which pupils attend on a voluntary basis, although attendance at lectures closely related to topics of study is strongly advised. There is also the opportunity to become involved in departmental drama productions, as well informal workshops in Greek drama.
What this subject might lead to
A qualification in Latin at A Level is evidence of clarity of mind. Employers hold Classicists in high regard because of their ability to think logically and their well-developed communications skills. Students who study Latin may go on to study Law, Medicine, History, Politics, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Theology, English or Classics at university.
Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)
GCSE Latin at Grade B. Prospective pupils with less or no experience should discuss the situation with the Classics Department.