GCSE Latin

Why should you study Latin?

Classics teaches people how to think. Study of the Classical World will open your eyes to the riches of the world around us, past and present. You will be equipped with a toolbox for dealing with a vast and ever-changing world, and at the same time allow you the privilege of appreciating some of the most beautiful examples of art, architecture, drama, literature and philosophical thought in all of history.

Latin is the medium of an unsurpassed body of literature, from the intense epic verse of Virgil to the ingenious jests of Ovid, from Catullus’ melancholic love poetry to the barbed histories of Tacitus and the elaborate speeches of Cicero. At GCSE level, you will have the pleasure of exploring extracts of this literature in its original language, alongside a rich body of archaeological evidence.

But before we even get on to reading the poetry and prose of the Romans, learning their language is in itself immensely beneficial. If you wanted to invent a language that would show you with crystal clarity how language basically works, you would invent Latin. It engenders a wider and higher-level English vocabulary, improves understanding of English grammar, and aids in the acquisition of romance languages.

Specification Content

The WJEC specification is assessed through three written examinations:
Paper 1 – Latin Language (worth 50%)
Paper 2 – Latin Literature and Sources (worth 30%)
Paper 3 – Roman Civilisation (worth 20%)

Understanding of language is tested through comprehension, translation, and questions on grammar and syntax. Appreciation of set verse and prose texts and of archaeological sources will be examined using targeted questions and essays.

We will follow the Cambridge Latin Course using printed and online resources, alongside supplementary in-house materials and a range of interactive learning tools. Pupils will be expected to manage a demanding core workload, to read widely around the subject and to investigate the elements of the classical world which most excite them.