Latin A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Latin is an academically rigorous and rewarding course which will allow you to develop your understanding of the Latin language and the related ancient literature, values and society.

We will support you as you consolidate and develop your knowledge of the grammar encountered at GCSE Level to develop confidence in unseen translation. You will develop the language skills to read literary texts, both prose and verse, in the original language. Through this, you will develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the literary, historical and cultural features of the ancient world. You will also acquire the literary skills required to read and fully appreciate ancient literature, both prose and verse, in its original language with appropriate attention to literary techniques, styles and genres.

The new OCR A Level qualification consists of four elements as follows, all examined via terminal exams at the end of Year 13:

  1. Unseen translation (1 hour 45 minutes exam – 33% of total A Level).

  2. Prose composition or comprehension (1 hour 15 minutes exam – 17% of total A Level).

  3. Prose literature (2 hour exam – 25% of total A Level).

  4. Verse Literature (2 hour exam – 25% of total A Level).

Authors currently specified for the set text papers (3 and 4 above) include Virgil and Cicero.

Candidates interested in studying AS Level Latin only should first discuss this with Miss Adams to see whether it is possible to accommodate this within the course structure.


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How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

To study this course for A Level Latin, you should have at least a Grade 6 in Latin GCSE. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses, which could lead onto Higher Education in Classical Civilisation, or related subjects such as English, History, American Studies, or Politics. With further training, you could go into a job related to Classical Civilisation by seeking employment in areas of Heritage such as working for a Museum, or within Education such as a History Teacher.