• We have offered the Latin GCSE at Patcham High School since 2007.
  • Latin GCSE is offered to KS4 students in Years 9, 10 and 11 as an option.
  • Students perform very well in their Year 11 exams. Results for 2017 were 85% A*-C with 42% of our students gaining A* and A grades.
  • Trips are offered throughout the course that deepen the students’ understanding of what they are learning about in class. Previous trips have included visits to a Classics Day at Varndean College, British Museum, National Gallery, Kallos Gallery, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Londinium’s amphitheatre, the Museum of London, Pompeii, Athens and Rome.
  • The next scheduled trip is in April 2019 – Greece


Why study Latin?

There are many good reasons why students might decide to study Latin. These may include: links to other subjects – especially Modern Foreign Languages and History; the honing of students’ accuracy when translating text; the ability to study and pass an exam in a ‘difficult’ subject; the connection between this ancient language and certain jobs – law, medicine, and so on, that use Latin terminology and vocabulary. However, possibly the best reason for studying Latin is because it is a fascinating and enjoyable subject in its own right. Students not only learn the language that the Romans spoke but also (and just as importantly) learn about the people using this language – their lifestyles, entertainment and daily routines.

Latin GCSE

Students follow the Cambridge Latin Course and are covering Books I, II, III and some of Book IV. These books are provided by the school but it can be advantageous for students to have their own copies so that they can make notes in them. Students learn about both how Latin language works and about the lifestyle of the people that spoke Latin in the 1st Century AD. The books take us from Pompeii, Romanised Britain, Alexandria and to Rome.

Students take the WJEC/Eduqas Latin GCSE. This is a new exam with the first ‘sitting’ in the summer of 2018. This exam comprises of three papers – all of which are taken at the end of Year 11. The papers are: Core Latin Language; Latin Literature, and; Roman Civilisation. More information about these papers can be found at:


The accredited WJEC/Eduqas Latin GCSE in Latin have a choice set of set texts and Roman Civilisation topics. The exams are aimed at the whole ability range and feature an open-book literature assessment. Sample papers can be found at:

The first component covers ‘Latin Language’, where students will be assessed on their ability to translate and comprehend a storyline in Latin. The second component focuses on ‘Latin Literature and Sources’ where students analyse literary styles, and learn the cultural and social context of the prescribed material. We adopt a themed approach to this literature component which will enable students to sample a wide range of authors of both prose and verse. The third component enables schools and colleges to tailor the course to suit the specific needs and interests of their students, creating a personalised learning experience. Schools and colleges can choose from the following two options: ‘Latin Literature’ and ‘Roman Civilisation’. For ‘Latin Literature’ students have the choice to study either prose or verse. For ‘Roman Civilisation’, students will learn the structure and activities of an ancient civilisation including ‘Roman Entertainment and Leisure’ and ‘Religion in the Roman World’.

Both component two and three feature an ‘open book exam’. Here students can showcase their understanding and appreciation of Latin text, rather than their ability to memorise large pieces of text.

All students will also take the CLC tests which are taken at the end of key stages in the Cambridge Latin Course books. They may also be entered for the OCR Entry Level Latin course. More information about this pre-GCSE course can be found at: