(If you are a beginner, please see the separate page on our beginners’ courses.)
At this level we try to expose the students to a wider range of texts and authors than they will have time to read at school, the benefits of which will be considerable:
- We hope that the students will leave with a considerably greater confidence in reading the language which will directly benefit public examination performance, not only in the language papers but also in the literature papers with a greater alertness to a wider range of authors and the linguistic / stylistic devices which they use.
- An able group will read a selection of authors they may well never have encountered, to get a wider knowledge of literature, awareness of different literary styles and a better base of texts under their belt to talk about in future university applications.
- A student in the first year of a Latin A Level (or the equivalent) who is not studying Greek but is seriously considering Oxbridge Classics, would particularly benefit from joining us to acquire greater fluency for the Latin entrance papers as well as the obvious breadth of knowledge to discuss Roman authors at interview.
- There is also the obvious opportunity to talk informally to the speakers and tutors about top-end university applications.
Tutors choose texts based on the information which the students and referees provide. Typically selections from 3-4 texts will be studied. For example, one group recently read:
- Seneca, Letters (a selection)
- Suetonius – Nero (selection)
- Tacitus – Annals 14 (selection)
- Lucan – de bello civili book 7 (in its entirety)
Care is always taken to ensure that we do not cover anything which any students have already read, or will read as part of future exam specifications.
We usually have at least two groups in each category and we set them by how many years they have studied Latin, past attainment and the information given by referees. This helps ensure the right pace and suitable texts to give all the students a meaningful experience.