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Exam boards for LatinEdit

Latin qualifications in the UK available to private candidates are offered by the following boards: WJEC, CIE and OCR.

WJEC Latin is the Welsh exam board, but its exams can be taken all over the UK as long as your exam centre is registered with them.  They offer Level 1 and Level 2 Latin exams which can be assessed exam-only, i.e. without coursework, and so can be taken by private candidates. Level 1 courses are equivalent to foundation GCSE level. There are three courses available at level 2 (higher level GCSE):

Latin Language and Roman Civilisation (Level 2) is 120 GLH and equivalent to one whole GCSE (i.e. not a short course GCSE)

This is 2 papers: Core Latin Language and Roman Civilisation

Latin Language (Level 2) is 120 GLH and equivalent to one whole GCSE (not a short course GCSE)

This is 2 papers: Core Latin Language and Additional Language

The above two certificates cannot be taken at the same sitting although it is possible in the same session to take the Core Language paper and then both the Roman Civilisation paper and the Additional Language and then, when results are known, cash in whichever of the latter two produces the better Certificate result.

Latin Literature (Level 2) is 120-140 GLH and is equivalent to one whole GCSE (not a short course GCSE)

This is 2 papers: Themes and Narratives.

This may be taken alongside either of the Language certificates.

The WJEC website says: 

"The WJEC Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Latin provide flexible and motivating courses which can be used as 'stepping stones' or as a complete alternative to GCSE. The Certificates are fully accredited and listed under Section 96 for funding and reporting in Performance Measures. Each certificate is graded A*-C at the relevant level and carries points consistent with GCSE. (e.g. Grade C in the Level 2 Latin Language Certificate carries 40 performance points)."

There is no need to take any of the level 1 papers to achieve a full certificate at level 2. 

N.B. All information about the WJEC Latin certificates has now been confirmed by Alan Clague (subject officer for WJEC) by email.

The last sittings for these certificates will be 2017. The new 2018 syllabus is available here:

Eduqas 9-1 Latin GCSE

The new spec brings the GCSE into line with the new OCR, so that there is less difference between them. There will be three papers - Latin Language, Latin Literature and Sources (both compulsory) and then a choice of either further Literature, or Roman Civilisation.

OCR GCSE Latin also offers a short course and a long course, both at GCSE level.  They also offer a choice of Foundation or Higher Tier.

The Introduction for Learners has a nice overview of the course.

The Short GCSE consists of 2 papers and the full GCSE of 4, chosen from a total of 5 papers.

The last sitting for this GCSE is 2017. The new specification will be first examined in 2018. An outline is available here:

OCR 9-1 Latin GCSE

The new spec has one compulsory Language papers and then a choice of two papers out of 5 (2 prose, 2 verse, and a Literature and Culture.

CIE IGCSE Latin Exam code 0480

"The Cambridge IGCSE Latin syllabus aims to develop learners' ability to understand Latin, leading to an understanding of Latin's influence on modern European languages. By comparing the structure of Latin with other languages, learners also develop an analytical approach to language learning. They study Latin prose and verse literature in its social and historical context, and are encouraged to develop a personal response to what they read. This will develop an awareness of a different time and culture, and an appreciation of Rome's legacy to the modern world."

The CIE IGCSE consists of two papers: Latin Language and Latin Literature.

Latin Courses and TextbooksEdit

A live online Latin class for home educated children has been running from September 2013; please join the HE Exams Yahoogroup for more details.

Cambridge Latin Course is recommended by many home educators working towards Latin WJEC because the book tie in directly t the exam. Books 1,2 and 3 for core language and books 1-5 for additional language.

John Taylor's "Essential GCSE Latin."

The Amazon reviews say there are no answers, but the author has emailed out answers to home-educators in the past.

Galore Park publish a range of Latin materials and are very home-ed friendly.

Resources for WJEC Roman Civilisation component.

These topics swap over every three years. It can be hard to find past papers online. This is because there is a limit to the number of questions they are able to ask. You will nearly always be able to find two papers related to your topics - you can work out what hasn't been asked from these.

Links and ResourcesEdit

One parent's comments:

"I recommend the John Taylor book for the language section. We did every exercise (email the author for the answers) and my dd got an A*. We are doing Rom Civ but we are doing the other topic. We are just learning all the stuff that comes with the Cambridge books. We did the Cambridge course and it seems to require this plus your original thoughts surrounding the topics. We also searched for past papers and there are none. We also went to Fishbourne but it wasn't that helpful. My son however does have an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Roman largely through playing the highly factual Rome II total war computer games. With the language paper he remarked that he knew the answer to the question without doing the translation as it was a historical fact he'd learned via the game. He did do the translation just to check. "

The Classics Library is aimed at Classics teachers, but would also be useful for home-ed families.  Includes discussion forums on each syllabus/exam board.

Lots of Latin studying links at pastpapersonline.

Memrise vocabulary course for WJEC Core Latin Language (Presented in the order of the Cambridge Latin Course): http://www.memrise.com/course/209524/wjec-certificate-in-latin-level-2/

Resources for all of the WJEC courses from Cambridge Latin: http://www.cambridgescp.com/Upage.php?p=pe^WJEC^level2

Tutor Recommendations Edit

Several members of the HE-Exams group have used Peter McNeely as a tutor - he can do Skype tutorials.

“I am a Classics teacher with an MA in Latin.  I am working for OCR as an examiner, and as a private tutor from home (in Lode, near Cambridge).  I would be happy to supply tutoring or support for any Classical subject (Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation) to pupils either individually, or as a small group.  If anyone would be interested, my email address is: mcneely.peter@gmail.com “

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