Latin GCSE - Oxford Open Learning

Latin GCSE

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Latin GCSE Key Facts

  • PRICE: £375
  • TIME REQUIRED: 200 hours
  • EXAMS: Summer only
Latin GCSE

Why study Latin?

A knowledge of Latin is invaluable when learning romance languages like French, Italian, Spanish and is the key to the terminology of Botany, Medicine and Law.

More than that, those who can read the Latin language are able to access the extraordinary life and wonders of the Roman world.

For the language component of the course, you will study texts and stories in Latin to build knowledge and understanding of Latin vocabulary and grammar. This constitutes 50% of the course and provides a solid grounding for study of classical Latin at advanced level.

For the Prose and Verse Literature component learners study Latin set texts, learning to answer questions in English on aspects of content and to respond to the ancient literature they have studied. The Prose and Literature element constitutes 25% of the final examination.

Finally, in the Literature and Culture component, learners study two topics on Roman civilisation and culture using the sources in a prescribed sources booklet in order to answer questions in English on aspects of the fascinating and enthralling civilisation of the Roman world. The Literature and Culture component constitutes the remaining 25% of the specification.

The course is split into 9 main modules as shown below.

Module 1: Amor – Conflicting Emotions
Module 2: The Roman Army
Module 3: The Circus Maximus
Module 4: Amor – Love will not let the Poet sleep
Module 5: The Theatre at Pompeii
Module 6: Amor – How Many Kisses?
Module 7: Dinner Parties
Module 8: Roman Baths
Module 9: Echo et Narcissus
As you work through the course you will submit 10 Tutor-Marked Assignments across 51 lessons. These are formative assessments so you and your tutor can gauge your progress.

The course prepares you for the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Latin (J282) Specification

Oxford Open Learning has selected the following papers from the syllabus for study.

Paper 1: Language (J282/01)
1.5 hours
50% of the total marks
Paper 04: Verse Literature A (J282/04)
1 hour
25% of the total marks
Paper 6: Literature and Culture (J282/06)
1 hour
25% of the total marks

When you enrol with Oxford Open Learning we will agree on an intended examination date with you. Your support will last all the way up to this examination date, regardless of how long you decide to study the course, be it over 9 months or 30.

200 hours of study are recommended for this course. These modules will be used for the 2023 and 2024 examinations.

Online Course? Paper Based? Somewhere in between? It’s your choice!

All of our GCSE Latin students receive:

  • Traditional printed learning materials
  • Access to our online resources with on-the-go access to all your regular lessons
  • Unmatched support by a fully qualified teacher online and by phone
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Support and Tuition

You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education.

This support includes:

  • Marking all assignments for the course
  • Written answers to specific study problems
  • Telephone contact

When you begin this course, you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.

Prior Knowledge and Progression

No prior knowledge of this subject is required but may be beneficial.

This qualification provides the ideal foundation for learners to progress to OCR’s AS Level in Latin and A Level in Latin.

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