Latin

The analysis of every Latin sentence is a lesson in logic. Latin imparts an exceptional intellectual discipline; it develops abstract thinking, lucid expression and precise analytical skills, which provides a strong basis for further learning.

Latinists acquire a depth and mastery of not only Latin and its linguistic structure, but also modern languages, including English. Latin is also the study of the literary, social, and political culture that has informed our own for the past two millennia; Latin will expand your mental horizon.

A Level Latin comprises two elements; first, the Latin language; second, the analysis of and response to verse and prose literature in Latin.

Love is the theme of the verse selection which explores ideas of loss and longing in three Latin elegists: Ovid, Propertius, and Tibellus. The prose literature focusses on the political crisis of 1st century BC  Rome; Cicero’s Pro Milone is the account of a murder trial in which not only the fate of an individual, but the republic itself, is at stake.

The OCR examination has four units at A level, covering language, verse, and prose.

Latin is a rigorous subject which is very highly regarded by universities across a wide range of disciplines, both humanities and sciences; it is axiomatic that university admission tutors look for students who are prepared to challenge themselves.

Many students of Latin go on to read classics, history, law, or the sciences at university. Latin is particularly useful for the study of modern languages, history, English, medicine and life sciences. A grade A at GCSE Latin is a prerequisite to take the A Level.

 

“Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus [never tickle a sleeping dragon]” 

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone