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BA Classics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Advanced Latin Language 1

Unit code CAHE30110
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course-unit takes you on from CAHE30182 Intensive Latin 2 or A-level Latin to the next level. It involves (a) consolidation of Latin Grammar and syntax, (b) building of an enhanced vocabulary, (c) the accurate translation and linguistic comprehension of one set text, (d) practice in unprepared translation of continuous passages from Latin into English and of sentences from English to Latin.


Pre-requisite units

A-level Latin (or equivalent) or completion (at least 40%) of CAHE30182 Intensive Latin 2. Students who have achieved marks below 40% in CAHE30182 Intensive Latin 2 are not permitted to proceed to CAHE30110 Advanced Latin 1..

Co-requisite units

Students taking any Advanced Latin course unit are expected to take the linguists version of any Latin literature courses (where they meet the relevant pre-requisites for those course units).



To continue the study of Latin language acquired at CAHE30182 Intensive Latin 2, developing skills of reading prose texts, further consolidating knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammar, and developing active knowledge of the language, through translation both into and out of Latin.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • read selections from one Latin prose set text;
  • translate passages from the set text unaided;
  • demonstrate consolidation of an understanding of Latin grammar;
  • demonstrate a deepened understanding of Latin grammar;
  • apply knowledge and understanding in the translation of English sentences into Latin.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will have/be able to:

  • increased their capacity to translate unseen passages of Latin into English, with reduced assistance;
  • show ability in prose composition in the translation of sentences from English to Latin.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to

  • make fast and skilful use of language aids, such as dictionaries and grammars.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have/be able to show:

  • self-discipline;
  • organisation;
  • developed problem solving skills.

Employability skills

The course supports the development of a large number of important employment skills, most notably the ability to understand, commit to memory, and successfully deploy the elements of a complex communication system. Conscientious study of an ancient language enhances understanding of English grammatical structures and broadens vocabulary, thereby enhancing the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and eloquently. Students of ancient languages also learn how to extract key elements from complex information and to identify, make sense of, and solve associated problems.

Assessment methods

Mid-year exam 30%
Exam 70%


Feedback methods

  • Written feedback on fortnightly homework exercises;
  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above);
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).

Recommended reading

  • Taylor, J. (2017) Latin Beyond GCSE (Bloomsbury)
  • (not compulsory to purchase, but also recommended) J. Morwood (1999) Latin Grammar (Oxford), plus any good Latin-English/English-Latin dictionary, e.g. D.P. Simpson, Cassell’s Standard Latin Dictionary (John Wiley & Sons, 1977)

Set texts for this course vary from year to year, and will be announced before the start of the course each year.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 44
Independent study hours
Independent study 156

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Maria-Ruth Morello Unit coordinator

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