Classics

Board              OCR

Course Aims

  • To develop a competence in the language, an appreciation of the literature and an understanding of Roman civilisation.
  • An introductory course in Ancient Greek can also be offered and students are encouraged to appreciate the influence on today’s society of both classical cultures.

Course Details

  • OCR AS/A2 Latin will involve translation into Latin and unseen translation into English from verse and prose authors.  At AS Level, there will be a prescribed vocabulary list.
  • In each year, one of the two units will be devoted to set texts for detailed study.  The emphasis is on translation and literary appreciation, but there is also one general essay question.
  • AS/A2 Latin students, together with Classical Civilisation students, will be offered the opportunity to take part in trips of classical interest.

Coursework Requirements

  • AS/A2 Level Latin will be 100% exam.  There will be no coursework or controlled assessment.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a Grade B in Latin GCSE.
  • Linguistic ability, an enthusiasm for literature and an interest in the legacy of the Classical world.

Teaching Approaches

  • There will be an element of independent learning, after clear guidance in a small teaching group.

Careers and Support Subjects

  • ‘A’ level Latin requires a logical, analytical mind and is highly valued by University and employers, whether you are specialising in Arts or Sciences.
  • Classics graduates therefore have a high employment success rate, particularly in areas such as ICT, Business Management or Accountancy, since Latin develops many of the same skills as Mathematics
  • Latin complements University degrees in Medicine or Law.
  • It enriches the study of English or Modern Languages, since it improves students’ understanding of grammar and vocabulary in any language.  On the literature side, the appreciation of English or other literatures is often incomplete without a study of the Latin and Greek literature which inspired them.
  • A Classical background enriches the study of History and the Latin language provides access to much untranslated historical source material.  Music and Art are also subjects which are complemented well by the study of Classics.
  • Most universities now offer beginners’ Greek courses and students can apply for a degree in Classics.  More frequently, Latin is taken in joint degrees such as English and Latin, French and Latin, Latin and Ancient History, or Latin and Classical Archaeology.  ‘A’ level Latin students often take Law and Medicine degrees.

Other Information

The constant new discoveries about our classical past are making this subject much more than just a language.  The study of classical subjects will enrich the leisure opportunities of students as well as their careers. 

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.