GCSE Latin is part-language, part-humanity. Not only do pupils get the unique opportunity to appreciate exciting and influential literature in another language, but they also explore, analyse and challenge the significance of art, architecture, literature, drama, politics, philosophy, religion in the ancient world. Studying Latin at GCSE is an intellectual challenge that is thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable. It enables pupils to develop an understanding of their own linguistic and cultural heritage through engaging with the words and deeds of the ancient Romans. Indeed, we study the classical past to understand not just the origins of western civilisation but also to learn from the people who appear both so familiar and so alien.

Course content

Pupils will develop and acquire knowledge of Latin vocabulary, accidence and syntax, alongside developing awareness of ancient literature, values and society.

1: Language

Worth: 50%
Learners will be required to answer comprehension questions and will choose between either answering questions on accidence and syntax or translating three short English sentences into Latin. They will also translate a passage of unseen prose.

2: Literature

Worth: 50%
Learners are required to answer comprehension questions, translate a section of the set text into English, answer questions focussing on literary style, characterisation, argument as appropriate to the set text studied and an extended response.


Pupils have the opportunity to attend:

  • trips with upper school classicists to the theatre and any relevant exhibitions.
  • Classics conferences with local schools.
  • Classics Society talks, workshops and book clubs.
  • residential trips abroad every two-three years.

Next steps

This course is both well-respected and inspiring, and will help pupils to develop analytical skills and intellectual flexibility which will be useful in a wide range of jobs or in further study. Pupils will also learn how to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as understanding other ‘alien’ cultures.


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