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Classics & Latin

Two separate subjects are offered under the umbrella of ‘Classics’– Classical Civilisation and Latin.

All pupils at S. Anselm’s College study one classical subject in Year 9.  Latin is open to pupils who have achieved a good standard of Latin at Key Stage 3, i.e. a good pass at Common Entrance level 2, with level 3 being preferable.

For pupils who choose to study Latin, our aim is that they should develop a thorough knowledge and understanding which will enable them to translate from Latin with confidence and fluency, as well as appreciating the influence of this ancient language on the languages of the modern European world.

For pupils who choose to study Classical Civilisation, our aim is that they should gain an insight into the societies, culture and civilisations of the Greek and Roman worlds and appreciate the western world’s debt to these two ancient societies.


GCSE Latin

Anselm’s pupils have studied Latin to GCSE with considerable success over a number of years, both in the Prep School and the College.

The S. Anselm’s College Latin course leads to the new WJEC/Eduqas GCSE in Latin Language and Literature, which has a much wider focus than the previous Latin Language GCSE, exposing pupils to cultural as well as linguistic aspects of the Roman World.

The course prepares students for the study of Latin at AS, A level, IB or Pre-U, but it equally provides a coherent and useful basis for supporting the study of other subjects and professional disciplines.

There are three components to the GCSE course and its examinations:

  • Latin language: comprehension and translation
  • Latin literature and sources (themes):  set texts, prose and verse with accompanying source material
  • Latin literature (narratives): study of Latin texts (prose or verse) with a passage or passages of English to extend the storyline.

The above course has a much wider focus than the WJEC Latin Language exam which S. Anselm’s pupils have taken with considerable success in the past few years. The reorganisation of GCSE has caused the Latin Language exam to be discontinued. The new course exposes pupils to cultural as well as linguistic aspects of the Roman World.