Classics & Latin

Course Leader: Mr Warburton
Contact Email: jwarburton@tgschool.net

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students in the grammar pathway will study Classics. Classics is a combination of the study of the Latin language and Greek and Roman history and culture.  Using the Cambridge Latin Course, students will follow the life of a prominent Roman family in Pompeii in the 1st Century A.D. Through translations and comprehensions students will improve their understanding of Latin grammar which will in turn allow them a greater understanding of both English grammar and that of the modern foreign languages they study. Alongside the study of Latin language students will learn about Greek and Roman culture and history, from gladiatorial combat to the villas of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  Finally we study Greek and Roman mythology, studying the way they interacted with their Gods in their daily life and their belief in the afterlife.

The benefits to studying Classics are considerable, Latin is often called a ‘Rosetta Stone’ language as it allows a greater understanding of the Romance languages and will make learning French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian much easier to pick up as there is a lot of shared language and grammar. Latin even allows for a better understanding of German through common syntax and a similar grammatical structure.  Classics is a much sought after subject by both employers and universities due to it’s rigour and the cultural understanding it develops in those who study it.  Many prominent lawyers, doctors, scientists, vets and historians have studied Classics, it remains as relevant now as it was in the days of Ancient Rome.

 

GCSE Latin

 

Examination Board:   WJEC

Assessment:                 100% Written Examination

 

Latin at GCSE

Latin will be taught by Mr. Warburton. Latin will count towards the EBACC as a language. It will stay under the umbrella of humanities here at TGS.  The makeup of the exam is straightforward. There is no controlled assessment; Latin is assessed at the end of Year 11. Latin is the basis of all of the romance languages and is still a much sought after subject. Many lawyers, doctors, vets and business people have studied Latin. The EDUQAS Latin course uses the Cambridge Schools Latin Project as a basis for the language and background.  You will not only translate and begin to form short Latin sentences yourself, you will learn about the civilisation of Ancient Rome and look at Rome’s greatest authors and history.

 

What does the course involve?

The makeup of the course consists of external written examination only. There is no coursework element. Latin is assessed at the end of year 11. Latin is the basis of all of the romance languages and is still a much sought after subject. The EDUQAS Latin course uses the Cambridge Schools Latin Project as a basis for the language and background. You will not only translate and begin to form short Latin sentences yourself, you will learn about the civilisation of Ancient Rome and look at Rome’s greatest Authors and its history.

Course Structure

  • Component 1 – Latin Language written examination. 1hr 30minutes: 50% of the Qualification . The paper is devised into two sections.
  • Section A – A range of short comprehension questions testing understanding of the storyline (55% of the marks for this component). Translation of a passage from Latin to English, with a graduation of difficulty (35% of the marks for this component).
  • Section B – Either translation from English to Latin or the permitted alternative, i.e. recognise, analyse and explain in terms of syntax and accidence (10% of the marks for this component).
  • Component 2 – Latin literature and Sources (Themes) Written Examination: 1hr 15 minutes: 30% of the Qualification A prescription of Latin Literature, both prose and verse, on a theme together with prescribed ancient course materials on the same theme. A choice of two themes is offered. This is an open book assessment.
  • Either Component 3a: Latin Literature (Narratives) or Component 3b: Roman Civilisation – Written Examination: 1hr: 20% of the Qualification 3a: A prescription of Latin literature forming a narrative, accompanied by adjacent passage(s) in English. 3b: A prescribed topic on Roman Civilisation, a choice of one or two topics offered.

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