IB Latin

IB Latin and Greek count as Group 2 foreign languages. More than one language can be taken by using Group 6 or taking ESS.

Why Study Latin?

The study of Latin develops critical thinking and logical analysis. Few subjects allow the study of a language, and History, Philosophy, Literature, Society, Geography, Law… It also promotes skills that are universally applicable to further education and employment. The Classics Department has a distinguished record of success at Oxford and Cambridge. Classicists are much sought after in Banking, Law, Journalism, Accountancy and the Arts.

Course Content

35% – Translation paper – 90 mins paper – translating a passage of Latin verse.

45% – Set text paper – 120 mins paper – comprehension and appreciation. Current authors include Virgil and Tacitus

20% – Individual study (internally assessed)

IB Latin gives the opportunity for pupils to do their own individual study. This entails researching an area of Roman life or literature, and writing this up in the form of an annotated collection of source material.


Pupils must have attained at least an 7 grade (but usually 8/9) in GCSE Latin or equivalent. They will have already studied some literature and have started to develop techniques for analysing and writing about verse and prose texts. Pupils will have a secure grasp of basic Latin grammar and syntax, will be motivated and organised in their learning and preparation, will be enthusiastic about studying literature, appreciating its art and considering the implicit attitudes, and will want to research an area of Roman life or literature, learning from original sources and responding to them.

Potential Careers

Latin encourages a broad range of skills. Through the study of the Latin language, pupils improve their understanding of language, its grammar and structures, and train their memories; through the study of Latin literature, pupils learn to appreciate the beauty of literature and understand its techniques. Latin is a subject very highly respected by universities and employers alike for the breadth of the skills acquired and the analytical approach to problem-solving it fosters. Latin complements many other subjects, particularly languages, humanities and Maths. Latin graduates are much sought after in the city in banking, law, IT and journalism, as well as many making careers in the arts.

Contact for further information:

Mr M Johncock mspj@wellingtoncollege.org.uk