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Latin

Students study both verse and prose literature in the original language and have the opportunity to translate into and out of Latin.
What is Latin?

Students study both verse and prose literature in the original language and have the opportunity to translate into and out of Latin. They learn to demonstrate appreciation of literary techniques and respond personally to the texts. Latin is generally perceived as academically rigorous and as such is valued by employers and universities alike. Learning Latin demands that you think logically and develop analytical skills useful in a wide range of jobs and further study, but also that you learn to appreciate authors such as Cicero, Ovid and Virgil who have had a profound influence on Western literature.

What will I study?

Latin grammar Latin vocabulary A prose set text in Latin such as Cicero or Tacitus – one text required for AS and two for A2 A verse set text in Latin such as Ovid or Virgil – one text required for AS and two for A2.

How is it assessed?

AS: Language (1 hour, 30 minutes), Literature (2 hours)

A2: Unseen Translation (1 hour, 45 minutes), Prose Composition or Comprehension (1 hour, 15 minutes); Prose Literature (2 hours), Verse Literature (2 hours)

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

Latin at GCSE level is essential, as is an interest in the ancient world generally.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

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