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Poetry and Rhetoric

The study of classical languages assists in the development of good communication skills. Universities and employers value the subjects for the skills that they develop and as a sign of an individual who has made a less common choice of subject to study.

The opportunity to study Greek is rare, particularly at 6th form level. We are also fortunate to have access to the Stonyhurst Collections: particularly valuable for IB Internal Assessment, but equally a resource for all pupils.

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Teachers in the department are always willing to encourage any particular interests pupils might have, from Greek mythology to Roman science. Sixth form pupils are able to attend talks by university lecturers in Manchester, and at Stonyhurst’s Senior Essay Society. Trips have included Rome, London, and theatre performances; we have also invited visiting theatre companies to Stonyhurst. These enrichment events often take place in conjunction with other subject areas. Both IB and A level courses build on progress made at GCSE or equivalent, and so a good pass at this level is required.

AS/A2
At A level, the balance between language and literature is maintained, with greater opportunities to read from a range of unadapted texts.

Latin
The specification followed is the OCR H403 (AS) and H443 (A2). Link to OCR website. 
AS
– Language paper: 1 hour 30 minute written exam (worth 50% of total AS).

– Literature paper: 2 hour written exam (worth 50% of total AS).

A2
– Unseen Translation: 1 hour 45 minute written exam (worth 33% of total A-Level).

– Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 minute written exam (worth 17% of total A-Level).

– Prose Literature: 2 hour written exam (worth 25% of total A-Level).

– Verse Literature: 2 hour written exam (worth 25% of total A-Level).

Greek

The specification followed is the OCR H044 (AS) and H444 (A2). Link to OCR website. 
AS
– Language paper: 1 hour 30 minute written exam (worth 50% of total AS).

– Literature paper: 2 hour written exam (worth 50% of total AS).

A2
– Unseen Translation: 1 hour 45 minute written exam (worth 33% of total A-Level).

– Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 minute written exam (worth 17% of total A-Level).

– Prose Literature: 2 hour written exam (worth 25% of total A-Level).

– Verse Literature: 2 hour written exam (worth 25% of total A-Level).

IB
At IB, language and literature are joined by an Internal Assessment component, which gives pupils a free choice of topic for investigation.

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Paper 1 language 35%
Paper 2 literature 45%
Internal Assessment (research dossier) 20%

For more information please visit the International Baccalaureate website.