Latin

A LEVEL LATIN  

Head of Department: Miss C Nichols

AS LATIN (New for 2016)

Examinations board: OCR

Unit 1 Latin Language (1 hour 30 mins; 50% of the total mark)

Candidates will translate two passages of Latin into English. This should prove fairly straightforward for students who have studied Latin to GCSE level as they will have studied almost all of the grammar. This paper is designed to hone students’ translation skills and to introduce them to a wide variety of Roman stories and texts.

Unit 2 Latin Literature (2 hours; 50% of the total mark)

Candidates study two Latin writers such as Ovid and Cicero. As literature is not currently studied at GCSE, there will be taster sessions available to current Year 11s and also there will be a gentle introduction to literature at the start of Year 12. Ovid was reputedly Shakespeare’s favourite writer and the influence of his most famous text, the Metamorphoses, is evident in his plays.

Cicero was a famous lawyer in his day and prosecuted notorious criminals and corrupt politicians. We will study one of his law court speeches analysing the content and the style Cicero uses to present his arguments. The examination consists of comprehension questions and a short essay.

A LATIN (New for 2016)

Examinations board: OCR

Unit 1 Unseen Translation (1 hour 45 minutes; 33% of the total mark)
Unit 2 Comprehension (1 hour 15 minutes; 17% of the total mark)
Unit 3 Prose Literature (2 hours; 25% of the total mark)
Unit 4 Verse Literature (2 hours; 25% of the total mark)

The 4 Units studied at A2 are an expanded version of the Units offered at AS with more variety on offer and more opportunity to study Latin writers.

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