GCSE Latin
GCSE Latin is a wide ranging subject which will enable you to develop your understanding of the language and literature of the Romans and to build up a fuller picture of Roman life. It is challenging but also satisfying to master. The skills you will learn will support learning in a number of other subjects.
Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?

You should have an interest in Roman life and enjoy the variety of subject matter which we cover. You can expect to develop your understanding and to gain greater confidence in reading Latin. You may be interested in language and communication. Latin is an expressive and highly admired language. Studying it will help you to understand English at a deeper level. You may be interested in mythology and stories of the gods. You will read some of these stories in the original language and learn to appreciate how Roman writers made their work exciting. Ancient literature has had a huge impact on own writers and artists.

Latin is an interesting subject in its own right but has many links to other subjects. Graduates in Latin enter a very wide variety of careers.

Summary of the Course

We will continue to use the Cambridge Latin Course, which will move from Roman Britain to Alexandria and back again. We finally end up in ancient Rome as we see Salvius, a powerful Roman senator, become mixed up in a political dispute with the emperor, which threatens to kill him.

We will look at the topic, A Day at the Races and will evaluate the importance of spectator sports to the Romans by looking at material sources as well as what the Romans themselves wrote.

We will look at the writings of the Historian Tacitus as he describes the untimely death of the much loved Germanicus, who was believed to be poisoned by a rival. We will also look at some of the mythological storytelling of the poet Ovid.

You will continue to read, study language topics and analyse the sources of our knowledge. Your learning is supported by the Cambridge Latin Course website which has a wide range of electronic materials.

Latin A Level
How is This Subject Assessed?

Three papers:

  1. Translation and comprehension
  2. Literature and Sources: A Day at the Races.

Any original Latin will be ‘open book’ which means that vocabulary and notes will be given to you in the examination.

You will look at some archaeological sources to complete your picture of this topic.

  1. Narratives

Tacitus. Germanicus or Ovid Echo and Narcissus.

This will be ‘open book’.

The language component has a defined vocabulary.

This specification is different to the OCR Latin prescription and has a reduced grammar content, which should enable you to cover the language specification more comfortably and to really master the content.


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