This course allows students to develop competence in the language as well as a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally. In addition, students gain an awareness of the influence of classical languages on the languages of today and of their distinctive modes of expression. They also read, understand and make informed personal responses to literature in its original language and within its historical and cultural context.
By studying Latin, students develop further insight into the motives and aspirations of the Romans. In addition to improving linguistic skills, they develop the ability to analyse and evaluate information from the evidence of the written word. Students practise expressing themselves with precision and achieve fluency in the use of argument, gaining communication skills that are highly valued by employers.
The syllabus in its reformed format begins in September 2016. The revised A level will be 50% unseen translation and comprehension, 50% set text. The authors will be selected from Tacitus and Cicero for the prose, and Virgil or Ovid for the verse.