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LATIN

OVERVIEW This OCR board allows pupils to study the language beyond GCSE Latin to a level where they can begin reading original texts by Roman authors with confidence. THE A LEVEL COURSE The units covered in the Sixth Form naturally build upon the material studied during the GCSE course. New elements, such as translation of unseen verse literature, will gradually be introduced, and pupils also get the opportunity to study a fascinating new selection of Latin authors. The work in the Lower Sixth will cover more complex grammatical features and the introduction of one verse and one prose set text, with the Upper Sixth expanding on these, as well as introducing additional authors to be studied. There are four components to the course: 1. Unseen Translation (33%): Pupils learn how to translate texts from a variety of prose authors as well as a set verse author by building on their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Assessment Method: 1 hour 45 minutes written paper 2. Prose Composition or Comprehension (17%): Pupils use their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to answer questions about a Latin prose and verse text. Alternatively, they can choose to translate English sentences into Latin. Assessment Method: 1 hour 15 minute written paper 3. Prose Literature (25%): Pupils study two Latin prose literature set texts in depth; they will appreciate the style as well as the content of the passages set, and will complement their reading of the Latin with passages studied in English. Assessment Method: 2 hour written paper 4. Verse Literature (25%): Pupils study two Latin verse literature set texts in depth; they will appreciate the style as well as the content of the passages set, and will complement their reading of the Latin with passages studied in English. Assessment Method: 2 hour written paper ENTRY / APTITUDE REQUIREMENTS Pupils should have at least a grade 6 in Latin and English at GCSE level, although a 7 in Latin is strongly recommended. They need to be interested in literature, history and, in particular, in the way different languages work. CLASSICAL GREEK For pupils who already have at least a GCSE Grade 6 in Classical Greek, it may be possible by negotiation to study this language at A Level, depending on the number of pupils who come forward and the availability of teaching staff. The syllabus is similar to the Latin syllabus. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION An A Level in Latin or Classical Greek leads naturally to a degree in Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology, or joint honours degree (e.g. English and Latin). They provide a particularly useful background for the study of European Languages and Literature, or European History before 1700. However, Latin and Greek pupils are well prepared for any Arts degree course. Students of Medicine and Law will also find their knowledge of Latin and Greek very useful, helping them to recognise and understand technical terms quickly. Classicists enjoy a reputation as accurate analytical thinkers and many find successful careers in politics, the civil service and the media, as well as in academic life. Exam Board: OCR Specification Name: Latin

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