There is no oral speaking exam: assessment is entirely via written examination.
This written examination is comprised of three parts:
- Language (50% of the overall grade)
- Prose Literature (25%)
- Verse Literature (25%)
For the Verse Literature component we will be reading and analysing extracts from three works by Roman poets which explore the theme of poison and passion: Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Heroides, and Catullus’ Carmina.
For the Prose Literature component we will be reading and analysing extracts from a variety of Latin texts (private letters, defence speeches, how-to guides for Roman politics and historical accounts) which discuss political and social topics. From political intrigues, accusations of assassination via poisoning and witchcraft, to personae non gratae (individuals who are considered personally unacceptable or unwelcome) and the reasons why they are criticised by particular authors. These include Tacitus’ Annales, Cicero’s De Officiis and Pro Caelio, Pliny’s Epistulae, and Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae.
For both the prose and verse literature we will select, analyse and evaluate evidence to draw informed conclusions from the literature studied to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, literary and cultural context of a text.
- identify and appreciate its literary form and impact on the reader.
- develop and apply critical, analytical and reflective skills to evaluate evidence from a range of sources.
More information can be found on the OCR website: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/latin-j282-from-2016/