Classics

Course ID
A Level (Classical Civilisation, Latin) and GCSE (Latin)

Introduction to the Classics Department

Wolverhampton Grammar School is the only independent school in Wolverhampton to offer Classics. We offer Latin at GCSE and Classical Civilisation and Latin at A Level.

Our Classics Department promotes the interest in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds through its language, history and culture. Although academically focussed, the department aims to ignite intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.

Classics is really brought to life at Wolverhampton Grammar School with students visiting several sites of archaeological interest and study, as well as whole class participation in activities like reading Latin plays out loud. Year 8 students are even tutored on different combinations of gladiatorial combat!

Diane Birt and Ruth Taylor-Briggs make use of 21st century technology including incorporating the use of Apps and iPADS throughout lessons.

For those interested in extra-curricular ways to get involved in Classics the department also runs  Greek and Archaeology Clubs, and there may by opportunities to visit ancient sites overseas.

Students have gone on to study Classics at Cambridge as well as teaching and research careers.

Introduction to the Course

Latin continues to be a most respected and academic qualification, looked upon with approval by all academic institutions. This course gives students the opportunity to study elements of the language, literature and culture of the Roman world which is the foundation of so much of our language and culture today. Through the continuation of the Cambridge Latin course and other support materials developed to address the needs of the individual, students will develop their knowledge of the Latin language alongside an aptitude for analysis. Understanding of the use and application of grammar is an essential, cross curricular skill that will aid the development of the ability to analyse and evaluate then apply findings in a logical format. Later in the course, students will read extracts from some of the most famous works by well-known Roman authors and study these alongside other source material in order to gain a unique insight and perspective into the life of a Roman 2000 years ago. There are further opportunities to study aspects of Roman civilisation. The course follows a linear structure.

What the student will learn

  • The skills of comprehension and translation (mainly from Latin to English, but there does exist the option of Latin composition).
  • Stories taken from Roman mythology, domestic life and history.
  • Vocabulary (prescribed vocabulary list).
  • More sophisticated points of grammar and syntax, building on the basics students have already learned.
  • Literary themes such as the political and marital intrigues of wealthy Romans, murderous family members and the love affairs of poets.
  • The skills of analysing literature in another language and translation.
  • Open Book Assessment, allowing close focus on the literature and language.

How the student will be assessed

Assessment

Component 1

Latin Language

Time

1 hour and

30 minutes

About

  • 50% of total marks.
  • Section A: A range of short comprehension questions testing understanding of the storyline (55% of component 1 marks).
  • Translation of a passage from Latin into English, with a gradation of difficulty (35% of component 1 marks).
  • Section B: Either Translation from English into Latin or the permitted alternative, i.e. recognise, analyse and explain items of syntax and accidence (10% of component 1 marks).

Component 2

Latin Literature and Sources (Themes)

1 hour and

15 minutes

  • 30% of total marks.
  • Prescription of Latin literature, both prose and verse, on a theme together with prescribed ancient source materials on the same theme.
  • Choice of one of two themes is offered.
  • This is an open-book assessment.

Component 3A Latin Literature (Narratives) or 3B Roman Civilisation

1 hour 

  • 20% of total marks.

3A

  • Prescription of Latin literature forming a narrative, accompanied by adjacent passage(s) in English.
  • Choice of one of two narratives (one verse, one prose) is offered.
  • This is an open-book assessment.

3B

  • Prescribed topic of Roman Civilisation.
  • Choice of one of two topics is offered.

 

 

Wolverhampton Grammar School is the only independent school in the area to offer Latin at A Level.

The School’s Classics Department promotes the interest  in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds  through its language, history and culture. Although  academically focussed, the department aims to ignite  intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.

Latin A Level is an attractive course of study with a real focus on language  skills. You will gain impressive transferable skills including the confidence  to approach language sensitively and critically, thanks to the focus on  analytical and evaluative skills. You will study a unique range of texts – students have the chance to study texts covering a range of disciplines  such as history, philosophy, literature, religion and politics. Stimulating your  intellect and honing your analytical skills.

 Latin is really brought to life at Wolverhampton Grammar School through a variety of different teaching techniques designed to stimulate independent  learning and intellectual curiosity. It is the aim of the department to bring to life the language and culture of the Ancient World and explore its
relevance in modern society. Teaching and learning is enhanced with  the use of modern technology, as well as visits to sites, museums and participation in competitions and events.

Assessment

Unseen Translation (01):

  • 100 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minute paper
  • Written paper
  • 33% of total A Level

Prose Composition or Comprehension (02):

  • 50 marks
  • 1 hour 15 minute paper
  • Written paper
  • 17% of total A Level

Prose Literature (03):

  • 75 marks
  • 2 hour paper
  • Written paper
  • 25% of total A Level

Verse Literature (04):

  • 75 marks
  • 2 hour paper
  • Written paper
  • 25% of total A Level

 

Studying Classical Civilisation allows students to examine various aspects of the classical world that are significant to the development of the modern world including archaeology, architecture, art, history and politics, literature and philosophy.

The study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A Levels, including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History and Philosophy, as well as a study of the classical languages i.e. Latin (all of those subjects are also available at  Wolverhampton Grammar School).

Wolverhampton Grammar School’s Classics Department promotes the interest in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds through its language, history and culture. Although academically focussed, the department aims to ignite intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.

Assessment

The World of the Hero

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Culture and the Arts

  • 75 marks
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 30% of A Level

Beliefs and Ideas

  • 75 marks
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 30% of A Level

© Wolverhampton Grammar School 2015. Registered Charity Number: 1125268