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A-Level Latin

OCR . Latin A level.  H443.

Every year, a good number of candidates take up Latin from within and from without the school. The calibre of the Latin students is extremely high with most years achieving 100% ‘A’ pass rate. Most years the Latinists, though not necessarily, also go onto read Classics or Classical related subjects at the very best universities in the country. All candidates will be expected to study two set texts, one prose and one verse though not in their entirety. Essentially students will study two authors, for instance Cicero and Virgil. The students will in the Lower Sixth study a number of lines from both authors then in the Upper Sixth study more of the same author and the same text. Additionally they read some of both of the authors in translation. Learners in this subject will be expected to complete four papers. Latin in the Sixth Form is seriously enjoyable as it is throughout the school. Many of the candidates who continue with Latin in the Sixth Form also select the Short Course Greek GCSE as an elective. The most able are encouraged to attend the Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School.

If a student has attended a school which offers GCSE Latin, it is required that he or she will have taken the subject and will have achieved a grade A or above. Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Overview.

Learners must take all components: 01, 02, 03 and 04 to be awarded the OCR A-Level in Latin. Content Overview Assessment Overview Learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin.

01. Unseen paper of 1hour 45 mins.

Unseen Translation is an externally assessed, written examination testing AO1. It is worth 100 marks, which is 33% of the total marks for the A level. There are two sections to this component. Learners answer both sections. In Section A, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin prose into English. This section is worth 50 marks. In Section B, learners will translate an unseen passage of Latin verse into English. Learners will also be required to scan two lines of verse. This section is worth 50 marks.

02. Comprehension Paper or Prose composition of 1hour 15 mins.

Prose Composition or Comprehension is an externally assessed, written examination testing AO1. It is worth 50 marks, which is 17% of the total marks for the A level. There are two sections to this component. Learners answer either Section A or Section B. In Section A, learners will answer translation, comprehension and grammar questions on an unseen passage of Latin prose. This section is worth 50 marks. In Section B, learners will translate a passage, of at least 100 words in length, into Latin. This section is worth 50 marks.

03. Prose author.  Two hours. There will be two authors from whom to select.

Prose Literature is an externally assessed, written examination testing AO2 and AO3. It is worth 75 marks, which is 25% of the total marks for the A level. There are three sections to this component. In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 1. In Section B, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 2. Thy will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and answer a 15-mark question analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning. In Section C, learners will write an essay which draws upon material from the Group 2 set text and the material read in translation.

 

04. Verse author. Two hours. There will be two authors from whom to select.

Literature (Component 04) Verse Literature is an externally assessed, written examination testing AO2 and AO3. It is worth 75 marks, which is 25% of the total marks for the A level. There are three sections to this component. In Section A, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 3. In Section B, learners will answer questions to show their understanding and appreciation of the set text studied from Group 4. In both Section A and Section B, learners will have to translate a passage of the set text into English, answer comprehension questions and answer a 15-mark question analysing literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning. In Section C, learners will write an essay which draws upon material from the Group 4 set text and the material read in translation.

Content of Prose Literature (H443/03) .        Set text authors. Prose.

Group One.(Authors studied in the Lower Sixth). Learners will select from one of two authors. Either Cicero ‘Pro Milone’ 24-32, 34-35 and 43-52, or Tacitus. Annals Book 1. 16-30

Group Two. (Authors studied in the Upper Sixth). Cicero ‘Pro MIlone’ 53-64 and 72-80. Cicero is then studied in English in Chapters 43-52, 65-71 and 98-105. Alternatively students can continue with Tacitus Annals Book 1 3-7, 11-14 and 46-49. Tacitus is then studied in English from Chapters 34-45.

Content of Verse Literature (H443/04).  Set text authors. Verse.

Group Three. (Authors studied in the Lower Sixth).  Learners will select from one of the following authors. Either Virgil’s Aeneid Book VIII, 86-279 and 558-584 or Ovid Amores 1.1 and 2.5. Additionally Propertius 1.1 and Tibullus. 1.1

Group Four. ( Authors studied in the Upper Sixth). Learners will select from the following authors. Aeneid Book X. 215-250, 260-307, 362-398, 426-542 and the whole of the book in English. Alternatively they may study Ovid . Amores. 2.7 and 2.8 and Propertius 1.3 and 2.14 and Tibullus 1.3.

 

 Modus Operandi for all prose and verse set texts.

Learners should be able to: Learners will be required to:

 

  • demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the verse set texts studied, including metre.
     
  • understand and appreciate the literary context from which the set texts have been taken by reading an appropriate selection of ancient literature in English translation
     
  • understand and appreciate, as appropriate, the social, cultural and historical contexts for the set texts, their authors and audiences
     
  • identify, analyse and evaluate literary techniques, characterisation, strength of argument and literary meaning in the set texts
     
  • use appropriate technical terms in English to describe the literary techniques and features of the set texts
     
  • demonstrate appropriate historical and/or cultural knowledge when necessary for the understanding or evaluation of a given phrase, sentence or passage
     
  • appropriately select relevant information from the material studied to support their argument and analyse and summarise their findings
     
  • present relevant information in a clear, concise and coherent manner whilst writing at length, using appropriate terminology in English.
     
  • understand and respond to passage(s) from a set text
     
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the wider context of a set text
     
  • translate passages of each set text into English
     
  • critically analyse the literary style, characterisation, argument and literary meaning of a passage from a set text
     
  • write at length drawing upon a study of a set text as well as material studied in translation.

Enrichment.

Year 12 visit in Activity Week Two to Greece.

Many candidates also take up the opportunity to study Greek at this stage and are encouraged to attend the Bryanston Ancient Greek Summer School.

Associated Careers.

A Classics Degree is regarded by employers as an illustration of an ability to think logically and coherently. It is frequently listed as the most desirable of degrees to have by people wishing to enter the diplomatic corps, the civil service, the law accountancy, or the Foreign Office.