BA Latin and Linguistics

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Latin Language 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE30111
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
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-requisites: 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.


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 and one Latin verse set text;
  • translate passages from the set texts 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

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

Mid Semester Exam

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Written feedback on homework exercises;


Written feedback on summative assessment

Formative and summative

Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment).


Recommended reading

  • Taylor, J. (2017) Latin Beyond GCSE (Bloomsbury)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Taylor Unit coordinator

Return to course details