Key Stage 4 Latin


 Examination Board: OCR – GCSE Latin (from 2012)

 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.

Year 10 
The Year 10 group continues their study of the Cambridge Latin Course and builds on their knowledge of the language learned in Year 9. Books II and III of the Cambridge Latin Course are studied across the year during two lessons a week. Lessons continue the approach of reading stories in order to learn and revise the vocabulary and grammar, alongside language exercises and formal translations. Roman society is also studied alongside the language in preparation for the GCSE paper on Sources for Latin.

Year 11
Students continue to study the language using book IV and parts of book V of the Cambridge Latin Course. They continue to develop their knowledge of the language through study of vocabulary and grammar. Study for the GCSE set verse or prose literature begins in Year 11, for which students must learn in detail a set amount of literature from Roman author, which is discussed and translated in class. Students also prepare for the Sources for Latin exam, which involves study of literature (in translation), inscriptions and archaeological evidence to learn about Roman life. A total of four examination papers are sat at the end of Year 11 (two language, one literature and one source-based) to make up the GCSE (OCR board).

There will be 3 lessons per week 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 4 examination papers:

Two language papers of 1 hour each

One literature paper of 1 hour

One Sources for Latin paper of 1 hour

No coursework is required.


 Latin is taught in mixed ability groups.

 Further information about this course can be obtained from Ms E Coin, Head of Classics.

 There is no requirement at this stage to indicate your desire to follow the Latin course on your option form.