Latin is the study of the language and literature of the Romans. We 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: set texts are: Cicero ‘Pro Cluentio’, Tacitus ‘Annals’, and Livy ‘History of Rome’.
    • Component 4: set texts are: Virgil ‘Aeneid’, Catullus, and Ovid ‘Heroides”

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7 in Latin GCSE.

Post-A Level options

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