OxLAT Oxford Latin Teaching Scheme


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The Faculty of Classics is delighted to be able to open applications for the 2021-2023 OxLAT Latin Teaching Scheme.

The OxLAT Scheme is for enthusiastic and committed students in Years 8 and 9 (who will be going into Years 9 and 10 in September 2021) who are interested in studying for a GCSE in Latin but attend state schools where there is no Latin provision.

The Scheme offers eligible students free tuition in Latin language and literature ab initio through to GCSE examination.

Weekly two-hour lessons take place every Saturday morning during school term-time here at the Faculty (66 St Giles, Oxford) and are taught by two professional Latin instructors from the Faculty of Classics: they will start in September 2021 and continue for two years until the summer of 2023 when students will sit their Latin GCSE exams.

The academic programme of the scheme replicates the teaching students would experience were they taking the subject as a GCSE option at school (albeit in a reduced timetable and with greater focus on independent learning): students will be expected to consolidate their classroom learning with appropriate study-time at home each week, aided by the Scheme’s VLE system. Homework will be roughly the same as one would expect for any GCSE subject.

As this is an intensive course, interested students should discuss their potential participation with a parent/carer to ensure that they appreciate the level of participation and work-load expected of them and are prepared to commit to study this subject intensively over the course of two years.


WHERE: Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford (Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66, St. Giles', Oxford, OX1 3L)

WHEN:   September 2021 – May 2023 (Lessons will take place every Saturday (10:30-13:00) during Oxfordshire schools’ term-dates).

STRUCTURE: 2 years of intensive language and literature study in small groups. Students will be entered to sit a Latin GCSE at their school in May 2023.

COSTS: None. The Scheme is offered for free as part of the Faculty of Classics Outreach Programme.

ELIGIBILITY: Only current Year 8 and 9 students at state schools that do not currently have any Latin provision (which includes lunch-time/after-school Latin clubs) are eligible. There is no strict catchment area for this scheme: if you can get to us for 10.30 on a Saturday morning (and meet the other eligibility requirement above), you are eligible for the scheme.


**APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 25th June 2021**




If you have any questions or queries please contact Emma, the OxLAT Scheme Co-ordinator at oxlat@classics.ox.ac.uk


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Application for the Scheme is in three parts:

1) The student section of the application form (to be completed and sent in hardcopy)

2) The parent/guardian section of the application form (to be completed online)

3) a teacher/school form (to be completed online)

Students will only be considered for the scheme if their application is endorsed by their school, and includes a supporting statement from a teacher (preferably their MFL teacher) acting as a referee AND also accompanied by a completed Parent/Carer Consent form. Further details are below.

1) Students should complete the Student Application Form (available via download below) in its entirety (partially completed forms will be rejected) and send it to:

OxLAT Applications

FAO: The OxLAT Co-Ordinator

Faculty of Classics

Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

66 St Giles'




2) Students should also ask a parent/carer to complete the parent/guardian section of the application form, via the online form available below. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their parent or carer has submitted the parent/carer online form. Missing incomplete applications will not be chased-up and will not be considered.


3) Students should ask a teacher (preferably their MFL teacher, English teacher, Form teacher or Head of Year) to complete the online form below. Again, it is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that their teacher has submitted a supporting statement using the online form. Missing referees/incomplete applications will not be chased-up and will not be considered.



**APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 25th June 2021**

Applications for the OxLAT scheme are only open to students currently in years 8 and 9 at state schools that do not currently have any Latin provision (which includes lunch-time/after-school Latin clubs).

The OxLAT Scheme is an access programme, which means that we prioritise students from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other highly selective universities.

There are 30 places available on the Scheme. The application requests multiple pieces of information and we will consider them judiciously and in context when selecting students for participation in the Scheme. We request this information in order to ensure that we select students who we think will benefit most from the scheme. Primarily we take the following criteria into consideration when assessing applications:

  • Academic Attainment
  • Personal Statement
  • Teacher’s Reference
  • POLAR data*

We also consider the following (but there is no requirement to meet any of these criteria and all applications are considered in context):

  • Free School Meals Eligibility,
  • In Care,
  • Young Carers

*POLAR(3) measures the rate of progression to higher education in your area.

A student eligible for UNIQ may come from an area with a low rate of progression to higher education, which is classed as a POLAR(3) Quintile 1 or 2.

You can check the quintile of your postcode here.

In cases where POLAR(3) information is not available, we will attempt to use the new POLAR(4) information. UNIQ 2018 selection will not use the new POLAR(4) dataset entirely due to pre-existing OFFA agreement targets

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was passed in 2016 became enforceable on 25 May 2018. The legislation strengthens the use of data and its security in order to enhance your privacy rights. This is a brief overview of some of the processes the Faculty of Classics adopts to ensure your data is used appropriately.

If you make an application for the OxLAT scheme the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford will use your data for (a) the purposes of participant selection and (b) internal monitoring and reporting and the evaluation of the impact of our outreach activities and whether they are meeting our intended targets. Your/your child’s data will not be disclosed to any third parties.

We will only retain data about you/your child if your application to the scheme is successful. Some of this information is necessary for the successful running of the scheme (i.e. medical conditions, dietary requirements, details of any SEND adjustments you/your child may require) but other information will be retained for a specific length of time that enables us to accurately track you through the higher education process. (i.e. your address or email). for research purposes.

If your/your child’s application is not successful your data will not be retained.


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Why bother learning a ‘dead’ language?

Latin was originally spoken by people in the area around Rome, known as Latium. As the Roman Republic and then the Roman Empire expanded its control Latin became the common language of the Western part of Europe and the Mediterranean region. When the centralised power of Rome decreased in the fourth and fifth centries AD the Latin-speaking world fragmented into several independent states, and Latin gradually evolved into multiple modern languages, such as Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Spanish, and other Romance languages, which are its descendants. There are also many Latin derivatives in English (as well as a few in German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish) and Latin derivations are commonly used in the sciences (such as botany, zoology, physics, biology, and chemistry), technology, medicine, and law.


So in many ways Latin is not a dead language and learning it can bring multiple benefits:

  • Developing English literacy skills (by expanding vocabulary and revealing the relationships between words and phrases)
  • Facilitating learning another language (by providing a focus on grammar and understanding of how languages work)
  • Providing the opportunity to learn about ancient history and literature

    Latin GCSE is different to other language options you might take at GCSE. The aim is not to learn to speak the languauge in the same way you might for French, German, or Spanish (although we do practice speaking Latin aloud), but to be able to read Latin texts and analyse them in ways similar to what you do in English literature at school, and to learn more about the culture and history of Ancient Rome. 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 the Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil.

    For the Prose Literature component we will be reading and analysing extracts from several Latin texts. From stories of magical transformations and interactions with ancient witches in the only complete Roman novel to survive to the present day (Apuleius' Metamorphoses), to guidance from a 1st century BC politician on how to be a good person and avoid becoming personae non gratae (individuals who are considered personally unacceptable or unwelcome) (Cicero’s De Officiis).

    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/


    "During my time at state school, I participated in the OXLAT GCSE Latin scheme which is organised by the Oxford Classics Faculty, and this is what developed my initial interest in the Latin language into a desire to study for a degree in Classics." Anna, third year Classics (IIA)