Courses Followed

 Key Stage 3, Years 7-8: Latin

Two classes study Latin in both Year 7 and Year 8. The department follows the Cambridge Latin Course. This is a story based course which is very accessible to students and enriched by excellent background material on Roman life. As well as using the Cambridge Latin Course textbook we also deliver the course via the CLC DVD and online teaching materials.

In Year 7 students complete Unit I of the Cambridge Latin Course. This unit is set in the town of Pompeii and follows the lives of a Roman family in the run up to the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Students encounter the nominative, accusative and dative cases and become familiar with present and past tense verb forms. In addition students learn about background topics including Roman family life, gladiators, the Roman theatre and the Roman baths.

In Year 8 students complete Unit II of the Cambridge Latin Course. This unit is divided between Roman Britain and Alexandria in Egypt. The story follows the adventures of the character Quintus who fled from Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius and subsequently travelled around various parts of the empire. Language features covered include the genitive case, present participles and adjectives.


 Key Stage 4, Years 9-11: OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE, J280

The Classical Civilisation GCSE is made up of three examined units and one controlled assessment (2,000 word written task). These four elements are each worth 25% of the total assessment.

The three examined units are City Life in the Classical World (either Athens or Rome); Epic and Myth (Either Homer The Odyssey or Ovid Metamorphoses); Community Life in the Classical World (Either Sparta or Pompeii).

The controlled assessment will be based on one of six specified topics including Roman Britain, The Olympic Games and Virgil The Aeneid .

Students learn to select, organise and evaluate primary evidence taken from the literature and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. They also undertake independent research and develop presentation skills. They gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman

worlds through the topic areas studied.

All Classical texts are studied in English translation – no knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is required.


Key Stage 4, Years 9-11: WJEC Latin Level 2 Qualifications

Students will be studying for the Level 2 Certificates in two separate Latin qualifications; these two qualifications are Latin Language and Roman Civilisation; and Latin Literature. It is expected that, under normal circumstances, all students will study for both qualifications.

Examinations for the two certificates will be set by the Welsh Joint Education Committee and taken in the summer term of Year 11.

In Years 9 and 10 students continue their study of the Cambridge Latin Course completing Books III and IV including translations, comprehensions and grammatical exercises. Midway through Year 9 students start learning the Level 2 Defined Latin vocabulary list set for the unprepared translation and comprehension paper, and also the Roman Society topic.

During Years 10 and 11 students will study original Latin set texts which are prescribed for the examination and this work continues throughout much of Year 11, together with ongoing practice of unseen translation and comprehension papers.


The two qualifications are made up of two units:

  1. 1. Level 2 Certificate in Latin Language and Roman Civilisation:

Paper 1 - Core Latin Language [1hr 15mins] is worth 67% of the total assessment.

Paper 2 - Roman Civilisation Topic on Roman Entertainment [1hour] is worth 33% of the total assessment.


  1. 2. Level 2 Certificate in Latin Literature:

Paper 1 – Roman Literature Theme of Love & Marriage [1 hour] is worth 50% of the total assessment.

Paper 2 – Roman Literature Narrative on Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2 [1 hour] is worth 50% of the total assessment.


Full details of the syllabus may be found on

Students should also visit where interactive resources can be found, including language exercises, a self-testing vocabulary program, sources for the Roman Civilisation Topic and annotated copies of the prescribed literature.


 Key Stage 5, Years 12-13: OCR Classical Civilisation AS/A2, H041 / H441

In this course students learn much about the literature, society and values of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations.

At AS Level students study two units:

  • Homer’s Odyssey and Society

Students will study Homer’s great epic The Odyssey which tells the thrilling tale of the return of the Greek hero Odysseus from the Trojan War. They learn, amongst other things, about the role of the gods, power and fate; the concept of heroism; life and society as portrayed by Homer; the roles of women and slaves. They will also learn about the transmission of oral texts and the archaeological and historical background.

  • Greek Tragedy in Context

Students study four great examples of Greek Tragedy including Medea and The Agamemnon. Their primary focus is the detailed study analysis of the set plays. In addition they learn, amongst other things, about the background to Greek theatrical festivals and fifth century BC Athenian views on the gods, fate, women, death and the family.

For the full A Level students study two further units in Year 13, currently Greek Art and Architecture and Virgil and the World of the Hero. At AS and A2 all units are examined by papers consisting of a series of commentary and essay questions. There is no coursework element.

Admission Requirements: To study this course, for AS, you should have a B grade in Classical Civilisation GCSE if taken. However, if students have not previously studied Classical Civilisation we would look for a B grade in English or another humanities subject. To progress to the A2 course, you will need at least a D grade in AS Classical Civilisation.

All Classical texts are studied in English translation – no knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is required.


Key Stage 5, Years 12-13: OCR Latin AS/A2 Level H039/H439

Throughout the AS/A2 courses students consolidate and develop their knowledge of the grammar encountered at GCSE to increase confidence in unseen translation. They also study prose and verse set texts to which they apply detailed, critical analysis. Recent set text authors have included Cicero, Ovid and Virgil.

The AS exam consists of two papers. The first is a Language Paper for which students are required to translate a previously unseen passage of Latin. The second consists of context questions and short essays based on the set texts studied.

For a full A Level students go on to take two more units in Year 13: unprepared translation / comprehension of prose and verse passages and a study of two literature set texts.