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Latin is a fascinating subject - designed to inspire, motivate and challenge, and encouraging students to read widely to gain a deeper understanding of the life and culture of the ancient world.

During your GCSE in Latin, you will study language and literature and both prose and verse. This is one of the only language courses at GCSE which allows you to study literature in an un-adapted form.

You’ll study book 4 of Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, which focuses on the destructive madness of one of the most glorious female characters in all of literature, Dido, the Queen of Carthage. In terms of prose, you’ll study Tacitus’ account of both Boudicca’s revolt and the Druids.
Teaching is based on the university seminar, where you will prepare translations of the set texts before the lesson while discussing passages and analysing the literary techniques within class.
Teaching takes places mostly in the classroom, but we also regularly run trips to Greece and Italy. Class sizes are generally no more than 12 students.

We are one of very few schools in the area and, increasingly, the country to offer a traditional Classical education, with all students studying some Latin and Classical Civilisation at Year 7 and 8 and getting the choice to take the subjects at both GCSE and A Level. We are proud of that tradition and our excellent results.

This subject is for you:
If you enjoy puzzles, linguistic analysis and language. You’ll have an aptitude for critical-thinking, code-breaking and will enjoy the ancient world, languages and poetry.


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Subject Level Year Group Exam Board
Latin GCSE Y11 OCR