A small number of students every year takes Latin to A level. We follow the OCR specification, which involves both language work and literature.
Students are expected to extend their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar with the aim of being able to translate passages by major authors such as Caesar and Ovid by the end of the course. In literature, recent set texts have included Cicero’s speech against Mark Antony, Book 8 of Virgil’s Aeneid and Tacitus’ account of the reign of the emperor Nero.
For interested students, we offer Greek as an extra-curricular option. In recent years, our students have gone on to study Latin or Classics at Exeter, Nottingham and St Andrews. Former students are now working in areas such as law, politics and marketing.