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Component 1

 Unseen Translation (33%)

Component 2

 Prose Composition (17%)

Component 3

 Prose Literature (25%)

Component 4 

Verse Literature (25%)


ASSESSMENT All Components will be assessed by written exam in June 2019.  


Component 1 

Includes: Translation of two unseen passages from Latin into English. 

Component 2 

Includes: Translation of an unseen passage from English into Latin. 

Component 3 

Includes: Prescribed prose texts: Cicero, pro milone and Tacitus, Annals I

Component 4 

Includes: Prescribed verse texts: Ovid, Amores 1, Tibullus and Propertius; Virgil, Aeneid X


A Level Latin is an engaging and satisfying subject in its own right and is an invaluable support to degree courses in English, History and Modern Languages. It is well regarded by admission tutors for Medicine and Law, since the precision of approach, linguistic basis for technical terms and the humanitarian element add a useful breadth to any A levels specified for the course. Its analytical and broad approach to study has also been found to provide a sound basis for courses and careers in Finance and Management.


Latin is probably best studied in combination with other humanity or language subjects. However, due to the logical reasoning required for translation and the language’s relevance to biological classification, it would also complement a more scientific choice of subjects.

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