All pupils at St Edward’s study Latin in Year 7, with many continuing the subject to Year 9 and beyond. The students use the Cambridge Latin Course which, along with its accompanying interactive DVD, allows the pupils to attain a good foundation in Latin grammar and vocabulary, as well as background knowledge of Pompeii, Roman Britain and Alexandria.
The OCR Latin GCSE course is divided into two disciplines, language and literature. Therefore, half of the lessons are dedicated to studying syntax, grammar, vocabulary and unseen translations, whilst the other half are for in depth analysis of the prose and verse set text authors. The course is both challenging and highly rewarding; students will find that the skills acquired from a GCSE in Latin will help them in a number of their other GCSE options.
In keeping with the GCSE, the OCR A-level course is divided equally between the study of language and literature. However, students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons by studying a number of different genres in their literature modules – Love Elegy, Law Court Speeches, Epic and History are all available at A-level.