Latin is the study of the language and literature of the Romans. Students read a variety of fascinating texts, encountering the rhetorical brilliance of Cicero’s attack on Mark Antony to the sublime poetry of Virgil. The A Level is balanced between the disciplines of translation and literary analysis.

Board and specification code

OCR Specification Code H443

Is Latin for you?

Students who enjoyed the blend of language and literature at GCSE will enjoy the A Level which similarly combines translation and comprehension of unseen passages with the literary study of a range of authors whose work has had a profound influence on Western culture.

Course content/components

    • Component 1: Unseen Translation and Comprehension (prose and verse)
    • Component 2: Prose Comprehension or Composition.
    • Component 3: Prose Literature. Set texts: Choice from Cicero’s “Philippics”,Tacitus’ “Histories” and Apuleius’ “Metamorphoses”.
    • Component 4: Verse Literature. Set texts: Choice from Virgil’s “Aeneid”, Horace’s satires and odes and Ovid’s love poetry.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7/A in Latin GCSE.

Post-A Level options

The study of a classical language at A Level can lead to degrees in English, MFL, History and Politics as well as Classics. Students who combine Latin with Science A Levels have gone on to study Medicine, Natural Sciences or Veterinary Medicine at university.

If you wanted to invent a language that would show you with crystal clarity how language basically worked, you would invent Latin. It spins off into a rich study of the roots of the higher registers of our language, an ease with romance languages and complex modes of persuasive speech and argument.

Peter Jones, author and lecturer in Classics.