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A Level Latin

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Access to Higher Education
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School has one of the few Classics departments in Kent.  For Latin, we follow the Pre-U syllabus which allows us to study a range of Roman authors: poets, historians, lawyers and politicians such as Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Livy, Caesar and Cicero.  We extend translation skills and also learn how to compose Latin (prose composition).  We also write essays about the authors and learn to analyse Latin texts - all of which provide an excellent preparation for university.


Outline of the Course 
Reading of a range of authors in Year 12 to improve fluency & understanding of Roman literature
Unseen translation practice throughout the course and consolidation of grammar in Year 12
Prose composition – learning to translate from English to Latin (from the start of Year 12)
Reading the ‘paired texts’: Virgil Aeneid Book 10 and Lucan Civil War Book 1, beginning in Year 12
Reading the set prose text - Cicero: pro Caelio, beginning in term 4 of Year 12
Learning commentary and essay skills throughout the course

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment




Verse Literature

2 hours 15 minutes

30% (90 marks)


Prose Literature

1 hour 30 minutes

20% (60 marks)


Unseen translation

2 hours

30% (90 marks)


Prose Composition/Comprehension

1 hour 30 minutes

20% (60 marks)





Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Latin

Your next steps...

Latin Pre-U is highly regarded by universities and employers. It could lead to a degree in classics, in Latin alone or in a combined course combining Latin with English or a modern language. It could also provide a preparation for students wishing to take a degree in a related area of study where the focus is on the study of language, literature, history or philosophy. Typical careers followed by students of Latin include the law, the civil service,  media,  journalism, teaching,the foreign office, computing, administration, advertising, and the arts.


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