Latin is a beautiful and complex language. It’s strictly regulated by precise principles of grammar and syntax, and yet capable of great power and flexibility. Studying the structures of Latin at GCE A-level has two major benefits – it sharpens your logical and analytic skills, and it gives you a life-long advantage when it comes to learning modern languages. It teaches you more than a language – it teaches you how languages work. In the A-level Latin set texts, you’ll come across moving poetry, gripping prose, and explorations of great human questions of love, death, fate, and what makes a life worthwhile.
What about after A-levels? An A-level in Latin is obviously a good basis from which to pursue a degree in Classics, but it’s also very good on applications for subjects like History, Philosophy, Theology, Modern Languages, Law, and even some scientific disciplines – until very recently, Latin was even a requirement for studying medicine. Most classics courses accept students at three levels – those with no A-levels in Classical Languages, those with Latin only, and those both with Latin and Greek – so no matter your confidence and proficiency, there will be a classics course to suit you. If you should choose to apply for Classics at University, you will find that you have a relatively high chance of getting into your chosen institution – the low number of classics applicants means there’s much less competition for places than for some of the more popular options. What’s more, Classics graduates are highly sought-after by employers in a huge variety of sectors.
Latin A-level is certainly not a soft option, but it is one which will prove tremendously satisfying and enjoyable for students who are ready to apply themselves.
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