In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are exposed to a wide range of subjects within Classics.  Latin is taught so students can translate key texts as well as learn about the origins of words and other European languages.  Students will also become familiar with captivating stories from ancient mythology and the Olympian gods, as well as history and stories about Roman and Greek life.  This course will enable students to compare aspects of daily Roman life and introduce the language of the Romans through the Cambridge Latin Course.

To study Latin, you are brought into a world of ancient heroes, leaders and livelihood. You learn what it was like living everyday in these ancient cities from lower class citizens to the most wealthiest of emperors. It is a subject which opens your imagination to a world of SPQR, gladiators, architecture to wonderful ancient myths, of which spark your interest in the life people once lead, which seem to be so different from the world as we know it today. Hidden behind the literature and language is a civilisation which flourished under Roman rule, inventions which formed the pathway for our everyday necessities, and a place for everyone. All derived from Latin.

Therefore, I would encourage you to study it, it not only broadens your knowledge, but also encourages you to see the world as it once was.    Charlotte Y11

GCSE Latin in Years 10 & 11

Course Leader: Mr Warburton
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Examination Board: Eduqas
Assessment: 100% Written Examination

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 civilization of Ancient Rome and look at Rome’s greatest authors, orators and statesmen.

Course Structure

Component 1 – Latin Language written examination. 1hr 30 minutes: 50% of the Qualification

The paper is divided 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.

Studying Latin at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying classic civilisations as an A Level here at Thomas Gainsborough School.

Department Staff

Mr J Warburton Head of Classics & Latin Contact