A Level


  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body

    OCR H443

  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Latin

The key to a rich and influential literature and a range of modern languages. Through Latin you will gain access to a rich literature, giving rise to debate on Roman poetry, history, philosophy and culture. These are not seen in isolation but are compared with modern literature, events and ideas.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in Latin (short course GCSE acceptable).

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for ​Latin is 58.

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About the Course

In Latin, you will learn to think logically and analytically about language and literature. You will develop a critical approach to ideas of Roman society and compare them with those current today. The opportunity to read original Latin texts written more than twenty centuries ago by authors such as Virgil, Cicero, Caesar, Ovid, Tacitus, and Livy ​are challenging but rewarding.

Although the course focuses on language and literature, historical context and Roman ideas and values are studied as part of the background to literature and language. Some students choose to study Classics at universities, others medicine, law or modern languages. It is a rare qualification, offered by few state schools and colleges, valued by universities and employers alike.

2023 Latin A level results


17% of our students achieved an A* to B


42% of our students achieved A* to C


83% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

All humanities-related degrees are supported by latin. Latin is a very academic subject, developing highly analytical skills, and potentially preparing you for any kind of degree.

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Latin has been my favourite subject at Hills as the content is fascinating and beautiful, both literature and language, and the teachers are extremely supportive.

Audrey, Year 12 student

Quick facts


15 year 12 and 13 students take Latin

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.