The study of the Latin language and Roman literature in the original language is at the heart of the unique area of study described as Classics. The value of a classical language as a mental discipline should not be underestimated: it encourages precision, logic and concise expression in a way that few other subjects can replicate. These qualities make classical languages an obvious choice for someone going on to read law or liberal arts, for instance. The influence of Latin on the languages and cultures of Western Europe cannot be overstated, making Latin a wise choice also for students of European languages and history. A report by Professor Shearer West of Oxford University, in the wake of the economic crisis, demonstrating the impact and value of studying humanities over sciences, concluded that employers are looking for candidates with “succinct and persuasive written and verbal communication skills and the capacity for critical analysis and synthesis’. Furthermore, quite aside from its extrinsic value, the joy and enormous satisfaction of reading some of the world’s most influential literature (e.g. Cicero, Virgil and Ovid, to name but three) in the original language is naturally another strong incentive for those who choose Latin A level.
Latin is a rigorous A level; it is necessary to have achieved a good GCSE grade or equivalent previous study in order to cope with its demands. It complements and enhances many other subjects. Latin will not only develop linguistic ability, but also analytical and evaluative skills, highly prized by universities and employers. It will provide a very good foundation for a wide range of university courses and careers.
Head of Department: Mrs L Beech