The Nature of the Course
The course offers a blend of language and literature. Language work includes optional Latin prose. In the first year we study Tacitus and Virgil and then move onto the intriguing and inspiring works of Livy, Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus. Year 12 language studies are the perfect stepping stones to the tougher demands of A Level Latin. Those students who particularly enjoyed their literary studies at GCSE and those with a good grasp of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary are highly encouraged to continue their study of Latin into the Sixth Form.
Class sizes are relatively small and this offers the opportunity for more intensive teaching and learning within an informal atmosphere.
The Classics trip to Greece or Italy is one of the departmental highlights. We are shortly running a trip to Greece, during Easter 2017, and we are planning a venture to Italy for Easter 2019, when prospective students will be in Year 13. Theatre trips, museum visits and workshops are organised on a more informal basis.
Skills Demanded and Developed
Students taking on Latin for AS or A Level need to have achieved a good grade at GCSE. In addition to the fundamental and essential educational skills acquired through Latin studies, the course provides excellent opportunities for the development of key skills in areas such as Communication, IT and Learning Performance.
Careers and Higher Education Implications
Latin is regarded as a highly respected subject for all pupils making university applications and as such it gives successful students a distinct advantage. Latin combines well with most A Level subjects, especially English, French and History. Latin graduates embark on a huge variety of professional careers in such fields as law, advertising, business management, computer programming among others.
• Studying Latin will help you to learn to read and write carefully, understand language and rhetoric, locate yourself within tradition, help in your quest for meaning.
• “To read Latin authors in their original is a sublime luxury . . . I thank on my knees him who directed my early education for having in my possession this rich source of delight.” – Thomas Jefferson to Dr Joseph Priestly,
January 27, 1800
• Latin is dead, NOT! The only thing that is dead is the mind of the person who says “Latin is dead.” Latin is not dead, it’s eternal. Latin is ‘dead’ the way your great-grandparents are ‘dead’, the way the US Constitution is ‘dead’. We continue to live by their deeds, influences, and inspiration. If not for Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian would not be here either.
Strong A-Level Combinations
Possible Degree Courses, Careers
|English||Classics, English, Literary Studies|
|English, History, Politics||Classics, Law, Politics, Management|
|Modern Languages||Classics, Modern Languages|
|Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Geography||Archaeology, Marketing, Journalism, Classical Studies, Armed Forces, Civil Service|
|Business Studies, Economics, Maths||Business, Architecture, Finance|
|Art, History||History of Art, Classical Studies, Art and Design|