Latin (KS4)


 Examination Board: WJEC – GCSE Latin (for first examination in 2018)

 Course Description:

 This subject is available for those who have already taken lessons during Year 9 and studied the Cambridge Latin Course Book 1. Continued language study will be done through the Cambridge Latin Course as far as Book 5. 

In Year 11 two new modules are introduced: Latin literature and sources; and Roman Civilisation. The first involves thematic study of Roman literature in Latin, alongside contemporary sources on the same theme; while the second involves the study of two set topics within Roman Civilisation.   


There will be 2 lessons per week in year 10, and 3 lessons in year 11, all taking place after school or during Activity Time.

The school charges for Latin lessons at the same rate per term as for instrumental music lessons and Chinese.

Teaching and Learning Styles:

These include: group translations, comparing the vocabulary and structure of Latin and modern languages, especially English; critical questioning and discussion concerning the Roman world and our various sources of knowledge; suggesting differing interpretations of the literary works studied; and, of course, the essential learning of vocabulary and grammar.



There are three examination papers:

  • Latin Language paper of 90 minutes (50% of total grade)
  • Latin Literature and Sources paper of 75 minutes (30% of total grade)
  • Roman Civilisation paper of 60 minutes (20% of total grade)

No coursework is required.



Further information about this course can be obtained from Mr Armitstead, Head of Classics.


*Set themes for Literature and Sources paper will be Youth and Education, and A Day at the Races.   Topics for Roman Civilisation will be Roman Religion, and Entertainment and Leisure.