LATIN A LEVEL & LATIN AS LEVEL COURSES

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A Level Latin & AS Level Latin Courses

Latin may be a dead language in the sense that it is taught to be read and not spoken, but its study is very much alive at Westminster Tutors. Indeed, a significant portion of the English language has roots and influences from Latin, and the study of Latin grammar enables students to understand English grammar. In addition to language learning, our students also benefit from reading great classics of Latin literature, such as Cicero, Ovid and Virgil.

Course outline

AS level

Component 01

Language

  • Vocabulary and linguistic structures
  • Accidence and syntax

Component 02

Literature

  • One prose set text
  • One verse set text
  • Literature in translation

A level

Component 01

Unseen Translation

  • Vocabulary and linguistic structures
  • Livy and Ovid (hexameters and elegiacs)

Component 02

Prose Composition or Comprehension

  • Translating unseen material from English into Latin
  • Comprehension and translation
  • Syntax and accidence

Component 03

Prose Literature

  • Two prose set texts
  • Literature in translation

Component 04

Verse Literature

  • Two verse set texts
  • Literature in translation

Assesment

AS level

Component 01

  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

Component 02

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

A level

Component 01

  • 100 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 33% of total A level

Component 02

  • 50 marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 17% of total A level

Component 03

  • 75 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 25% of total A level

Component 04

  • 75 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 25% of total A level

Set Texts

Prose Literature

Learners study one prose set text from Group 1 and one prose set text from Group 2:

  • Group 1
    • Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 1-7 & 10-11
    • Tacitus, Annals IV, 1-4 (… non adversus habebatur), 7-12, 39-41
  • Group 2
    • Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 27-32 & 35-37
    • Tacitus, Annals IV, 52-54, 57-60, 67-71, 74-75
    • Livy, Book 1, 53-54, 56 (haec agenti …)-60

Verse Literature

Learners study one verse set text from Group 3 and one verse set text from Group 4:

  • Group 3
    • Virgil, Aeneid Book XII 1-106, 614-727
    • Catullus, poems 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17, 40, 70, 76, 85, 88, 89, 91, 107
  • Group 4
    • Virgil, Aeneid Book XII 728-952
    • Catullus, poems 1, 34, 62 & 64 lines 124-264
    • Ovid, Heroides I lines 1-68, VII lines 1-140

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is OCR Latin (H043 and H443).

Tutors

Peter Olive
BA (Oxford), PhD candidate

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