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Latin GCSE

Latin GCSE

Our Subject

The importance of Latin as the basis for many European languages in terms of vocabulary and grammar is undeniable.  Knowledge of Latin is very useful for English students.  It is fundamental to so many areas of learning. Bilborough College gives you the opportunity to study Latin during year thirteen to GCSE Higher Tier. The course does not require any previous knowledge. You will be given the opportunity to study elements of the language, literature and culture of the Roman world. In unit one you will look at Latin passages based on mythology and Roman domestic life. Unit two will focus on language via historical stories. You will then move onto Latin Prose and Verse for units three and four. Each unit will have an hour long exam.

This is a fabulous opportunity for those students who want to:

  • develop their love of language study (English and foreign)
  • further their analytical skills
  • enrich their spoken and written English
  • Compete with, arguably, more privileged students in the private sector for whom Latin is taught as a matter of course. The inclusion of Latin on one’s CV or UCAS application form may well be a door opener.

You will develop a sensitive and analytical approach to language generally, including an awareness of the relationship of the languages of today. You will develop an ability to read texts in Latin and be able to appreciate Latin literature.

Our links with HE

“It can be said that studying Classics can lead to a wider appreciation of human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times. It will hone your logical, intellectual, linguistic and writing skills which are so important to today’s business world. Our undergraduates have gone on to a variety of occupations and have been accepted in graduate programs nationally and internationally. You may choose occupations or go on to further studies in areas such as Museum Work, Archaeology, Heritage and Rescue Archaeology, Publishing, Law, Library Information Sciences, Education, Art Conservation, Private School Latin Teachers, Art Galleries, Civil Service, Policing Services, Ministerial Work, Administration, the Finance Sectors and Medicine.”  -This extract is taken from Queen’s University Classics Department, Ontario, Canada.


Course Structure

What areas will I study in this GCSE course?
Latin Language; you learn to read Latin texts in their original language.
Latin Literature; you read set texts by authors such as Virgil,  Ovid, Pliny, Tacitus and Horace.

Unit A401 (Language 1: 1 hour)
The Latin passages in this exam paper tell a story or stories drawn from mythology or Roman domestic life. You will answer some comprehension questions and translate a small extract of Latin into English.

Unit A402 (Language 2: 1 hour)
The Latin passages in this exam paper recount a story or stories drawn from history. You will answer some comprehension questions and translate a short passage of Latin into English.

Unit A403 (Prose Literature: 1 hour)
You will answer comprehension and literary appreciation questions on the prose texts you have studied in class.

Unit A404 (Verse Literature: 1hour)
You will answer comprehension and literary appreciation questions on the verse texts you have studied in class.

What am I committing to?

  • 4 hours a week in class.
  • Learning vocabulary and grammar and being prepared to be tested on them weekly.
  • 100% attendance (this is vital).
  • Hard work. You will be preparing for the higher tier GCSE in less than 7 months from beginning to end.
  • Willingness to put in the effort.






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