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 Post subject: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 pm 
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Does anyone have any feedback on Latin GCSE - volume of work, difficulty, enjoyment etc. DD is considering it and we are wondering how others have found it especially in the reformed gcse context.


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:38 am 
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Old info only, hopefully someone from last summer will be along soon.
Traditionally it was seen as a tough subject. My DCs were at highly academic schools with many students getting all top grades at GCSE. Latin was often the one that slipped a grade.
There used to be masses and masses of vocab to learn.
It also became much harder than in year 9.


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:36 am 
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DS1 took it for GCSE. It gets much harder and the volume of vocab that literally just has to be rote learned is quite mind boggling. But if you are prepared to grind and graft then it is perfectly possible to get an A* (or equivalent)


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:38 am 
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DD didn’t find it any more work than most other subjects - and less than Art or Music . She quite enjoyed the texts


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:15 pm 
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Hi my DD is in year 10 and is loving Latin and she doesn't find it at all mind boggling or hard by any means. It is at GCSE level so the demands will be there to consider the level, but I guess your DS does need to enjoy the subject in order to love it at GCSE level.


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:32 pm 
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My daughter did GCSE Latin last summer and it is her favourite subject. It has always come naturally to her so she finds it quite easy. The work load was no different to any other subjects. She got a Grade 9 in the summer and is now continuing it at A'Level. She now has the dilemma as to whether to choose Latin for a degree path or follow the sciences. Any advice most welcome!


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:10 pm 
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My dd is also doing Latin A level having really enjoyed the GCSE. It is regarded very favourably by universities, I know that much :D (not that she did it with that in mind....)


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:52 pm 
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And to balance it out my DD sat it last summer at GCSE, having loved it lower down the school she really didn’t enjoy the GCSE. She felt it was very dull and there was a huge amount of vocab to learn. Having said that she also felt it was quite easy to do well provide you were prepared to put the time in learning. She used quizlet a lot for the vocab and she practised her translations of the texts by translating out loud.


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:19 pm 
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DD is in year 9 and we are discussing GCSE options, she is interested in a career in Law. Is Latin GCSE a need to have? Any advice is appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Latin GCSE
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:58 am 
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Sephora wrote:
DD is in year 9 and we are discussing GCSE options, she is interested in a career in Law. Is Latin GCSE a need to have? Any advice is appreciated.


The simple answer is 'No'. Lots of schools don't even offer it. I'd advise making her choice on whether she is motivated to put in the work and if she is doing really well so far.


As to whether its of any use in practice, I guess she needs to ask some lawyers!

With regard to it helping with degree level/ professional study she could look at web pages for institutions and if nothing available then try emailing them specific questions.


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