Examining Board: Eduqas

Course Aims:

  1. To provide learners with the skills to develop and use their knowledge of Latin vocabulary, grammar and syntax in order to understand and interpret straightforward Latin.
  2. To develop learners’ knowledge of Latin literature through the study of original texts.
  3. To develop an understanding of the Roman World and its culture and values.
  4. To develop critical, analytical and reflective skills to evaluate evidence from a range of texts and sources to encourage intellectual independence and enquiry.
  5. To support learners’ understanding and deepen their knowledge of English and other languages and to encourage an appreciation of the Ancient World and its effects on modern life and culture.

Component 1 (Compulsory) Section A

1 hour 30 mins
50% of qualification
100 marks

Students will be given an unseen passage to Latin to read, interpret and translate. They will use their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax to translate a passage of Latin and to answer comprehension questions. Learners will also have to demonstrate their knowledge of Latin derivations and recognise elements of Latin accidence and syntax.

Section B


Either: Translate a small number of simple sentences from English to Latin. Or: Recognise a small number of grammatical and syntactical points in a short passage of Latin.

Component 2 (Compulsory) Latin Literature and Sources

1 hour 15 mins
30% of qualification
60 marks

Students study passages from Latin Literature and sources (paintings, mosaics, sculptures, buildings, graffiti) on a given theme (e.g Schools and Education or Roman Leisure Activities).

Students show their knowledge of prescribed passaged and source materials. They will have to select, analyse and respond to elements of literary style and show an awareness of cultural and social context of the materials.

Comp. 3 Either: Latin Literature 3A Or: Roman Civilisation 3B

1 hour
20% of qualification
40 marks

Latin Literature:

Choice of 2 narrative passages or prose and verse (Ovid and Tacitius).
Students must show their knowledge of the passage, analyse aspects of the literary style, show awareness of the context and evaluate evidence from across the text.

Roman Civilisation:

Students study sources (as before) on a chosen topic (e.g. Religion in the Roman World) and show knowledge of the Roman World through analysis of the material and evaluation of evidence from across the text.

Key Stage 5/ Career Progression:

Latin, and more broadly Classics, is such a multi-faceted subject, that it prepares students for a variety of careers. The study of Classics covers disciplines such as: literature, language, linguistics, politics, history, art, architecture, anthropology, literary criticism, law, rhetoric and philosophy. The need for attention to detail in the study of the language and for critical and evaluative skills means that the student of Classics is well prepared for entering a large variety of careers, such as: law, politics (Boris Johnson), journalism, teaching, academia (Mary Beard, Edith Hall), writing (C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling), broadcasting, curating and many more.

Recommended Reading:

Across the Rubicon by Tom Holland, Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard, The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson, Orchard Book of Greek Myths, The Odyssey and The Iliad by Homer, The Aeneid by Virgil, The Metamorphoses by Ovid, Amo, Amas, Amat…and all that by Harry Mount, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie - a rewriting of Sophocles' Antigone, The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes - a rewriting of Sophocles' Oedipus from the perspective of his wife and mother, Jocasta, Circe and The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller.