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    My school didn't offer GCSE Latin but I really wanna learn it. In the 6th form i'm applying for, they offer it for AS.

    So is it possible and feasible to get help and still be able to take it.

    And yes, I do know about the Cambridge Latin thing, i'm talking about WITHIN school
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    Hi,

    A few words of warning. Latin is hard. As it is a relatively obscure qualification there has been no dumbing down of the syllabus, and the GCSE essentially teaches you all the grammar, with half of the GCSE marks coming from learning real Latin texts from authors like Caesar and Virgil. No modern language qualification goes this far, and I think a study done by Durham university recently rated Latin as the hardest GCSE, just after German. Coming into AS without the GCSE would be difficult.

    That said, judging from your mocks grades you are clearly a bright student and with the right teaching it is possible to learn Latin from scratch. The real problem with AS is that you only have two full terms before your exams in May and two terms is a short amount of time even if you're already familiar with the language. In addition to the language paper, for AS you also need to know two pieces of Latin literature inside out, one of which has to be a section of verse poetry, and this would be very difficult with no prior grounding in the language.

    I'd advise you to speak to the Latin teacher at this school. Latin is truly brilliant subject and has only fallen into semi obscurity because it's seen to be a 'snobbish' subject, which simply isn't true. Talk to the teacher about doing it for AS, and if it is a problem but you still want to do the GCSE, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do a GCSE while in Sixth Form. This shows dedication to universities, whatever subject you want to study there!

    Good luck,
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    Latin is difficult. I did GCSE and still found AS and A level Latin hard work (but definitely rewarding, not least in that it impressed the admissions tutors in the interviews I had ).

    If you have never done Latin before, then I can't advise you take it as one of your main 4 AS levels - there's too much of a risk involved. Maybe try and take it as a fifth, depending upon whether you can get yourself up to at least GCSE standard between now and september. OR if the place you're applying to does GCSE as well, ask if you can take the GCSE in your AS year and then, if you want, continue in your A level year. I know people who did that at my school.
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    I really wouldn't.

    AS-Latin is a very hard, and time-consuming subject as it is.
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    OP, if you really want to then I think King's College London do a summer school. It's not cheap though, and unless you want to get the gcse vocab list, a grammar book and some practice thingys to learn I'm not sure there's any other way. IT'S HARD.
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    (Original post by mogsmar5)
    I think a study done by Durham university recently rated Latin as the hardest GCSE, just after German.
    Well that's a relief, I take german and I love it! I find it very easy.

    Thanks for all your advice guys, on the open day, i'll ask them about doing GCSE extra-curric
 
 
 

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