Latin (OCR)


  • Unit 1 – Unseen Translation (50% of AS)
  • Unit 2 – Verse & Prose Literature (50% of AS)

A Level:

  • Unit 1 – Unseen Translation (33% of A level)
  • Unit 2 – Prose Composition OR Comprehension (17% of A level)
  • Unit 3 – Prose Literature (25% of A level)
  • Unit 4 – Verse Literature (25% of A level)

All students will sit the AS examination at the end of Year 12

Course aims:

The course offers the opportunity to read a variety of different texts, including some of the ‘all time greats’ of the Roman world, such as Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ or Cicero’s legal speeches.

Candidates will learn a variety of literary techniques whilst also developing an appreciation of Latin texts within their literary, social and historical contexts. Students will also acquire a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax when translating unseen passages of Latin.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of grade B at GCSE Latin is expected and preferably at least a grade B in GCSE English.

Key features:

As Latin has evolved into many of the modern languages of Europe, a study of the subject will dramatically help with the understanding of the grammar and syntax of these languages.

It provides an opportunity to develop and perfect the skills of analysis, logical thinking and problem solving – useful acquisitions in a wide range of subjects.

As such, the course is an ideal companion to, among other AS courses, Modern Languages, English Literature and History.

Higher Education:

Latin is regarded as a subject which carries an immense amount of prestige and can be seen as an effective qualification for entry to university. Since classicists have such a wide range of skills they are highly respected in the world of employment, with most going on to careers in Law, Accountancy and Business, the Civil Service, the Secret Service and Education.