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Key Stage 4


Both Greek and Latin are offered at GCSE:

Language work continues, using the Cambridge Latin Course supplemented by a range of additional materials for Latin, and Taylor’s Greek to GCSE.

There is one language paper at GCSE, comprising 50% of the total; these test translation and comprehension skills from Latin / Greek into English.

Classical languages are unique at this level in introducing pupils to unadapted literature. Two papers test knowledge and literary appreciation of selections from prose and verse authors. The majority of the Syntax year is devoted to preparation of these texts which in recent years have included an eye witness account of the eruption of Vesuvius, stories about the childhood of Persian kings and scenes from Virgil or Homer.

The specification followed is the WJEC EDUQAS. Link to WJEC website.
– 1 language paper:  1 hour 30 minute written paper (worth 50% of the total GCSE).

– Latin Literature and Sources: 1 hour 15 minute written paper (worth 30% of the total GCSE). This is an open-book assessment.

– Either Latin Literature OR Roman Civilisation: 1 hour written paper (worth 20% of the total GCSE).

The specification followed is the OCR J292. Link to OCR website. 
– 1 language paper J292/01: 1 hour 30 minute exam (worth 50% of the total GCSE).
– 2 literature papers (2 components chosen from 5 options): 1 hour exam (each component is worth 25% of the total GCSE).

One Year Pre-IB GCSE
Pupils who have previously studied Latin are able to continue in the pre-IB year.  This will prepare them to study Latin in Higher Line at Stonyhurst and will also enable them to read a range of authors while further developing language skills.

Students will learn about the language, culture, society and literature of ancient Rome, and its relation to later civilisations and languages, by reading original writings by authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Tacitus.

There are three parts to the course:

1.Language (from Latin to English)
2.Verse Literature
3.Prose Literature

Classical Greek is also available for pupils demonstrating aptitude. Students wishing to opt for this should discuss with Miss Parkinson.