Why study Latin?
You have already met most of the grammar, whilst studying GCSE Latin. At A-Level, we study the grammar and vocabulary in greater depth and also learn about history, politics, philosophy and religion of the Romans, with reference to the set texts, which are studied as works of literature in their own right. By the end of the course, you will have read several of the major authors from the first century BC and the first century AD.
Topics of study at A-Level
You will study language and literature. Literature topics include a mixture of both prose and poetry.
Opportunities beyond the classroom
There is an active extra-curricular programme of trips to lectures and theatres, which pupils attend on a voluntary basis, although attendance at any performances of set texts is strongly advised.
There is also the opportunity to become involved in departmental productions, as well as 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 6. Prospective pupils with less or no experience should discuss the situation with the Classics Department.