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Latin and Classical Civilisation

Latin returns in September.

Varndean School, in association with Classics for All, will be offering weekly lessons in Latin 3.15-4.15pm, from Thursday 15th September 2016! We will follow the Cambridge Latin Course, a GCSE level course that is recognised world-wide as the leading beginner’s course for Latin.

Lessons will take place after school on Thursdays for one hour per week and will be offered as a two-year course for Years 7-10. Classes will be small and there will be examined units provided by the WJEC exam board, which are recognised as part of the National Qualifications Framework and carry points consistent with GCSE.

The course will be very well resourced, with textbooks, e-learning materials and out-of-school learning opportunities. 

So why study Latin?

  • enhance your understanding of English grammar and expand your vocabulary
  • unlock other modern foreign languages
  • develop problem solving skills and encourage logical and methodical thinking
  • understand inscriptions and mottos
  • get insight into the technical vocabulary of the medical and legal professions and the hard sciences


The course

We begin our journey first by travelling back almost 2000 years, to a time when the Romans controlled much of Europe. Our studies allow us to explore and engage with all aspects of this civilisation.

The stories we read and translate provide a familiar and continuous thread; each in full colour throughout, with a clear layout of contextual pictures. All stories are also accompanied with new vocabulary and a gradual increase of grammar skills.

The course includes a full explanation of language and grammar, supplemented by comprehension questions and practice exercises. Study is fully integrated, with constant consolidation of learning points.

Alongside the continuous acquisition and development of language skills, each stage of the course also explores a particular aspect of Roman civilisation, through primary source material. These include days In Theatro, a consideration of the lives of gladiators, an exploration of the culture of the public baths.

The impact of the Romans is still evident in our everyday lives and the archaeological and literary evidence is rich and fascinating.


Core Latin Language is a compulsory unit. This is examined in the summer term and carries two-thirds of your final grade.

The remaining one-third of your final grade may be taken in either: Roman Civilisation or Additional Latin Language.

Note: there is no ‘speaking’ exam.

Please contact Ms Hawkins in the Languages Department for further information.