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GCSE Latin for Beginners Course

This course is held entirely online, to support those who wish to study Latin for fun or work towards a formal qualification. Each level includes pre-class tasks, translation feedback and an optional end-of-course assessment. If you're keen to get a taste of Latin at GCSE level but you're not sure how much time you can commit, join our annual five-week starter course for just £75! On this course, you'll follow the first half of the curriculum for Level 1 and gain a thorough introduction to the Latin language and the pathways it can open.                                                                                         

Beginners Course

Level 1          Up to end of Chapter 3 

Level 2          Up to end of Chapter 6 

Level 3          Up to end of textbook


Each language level at Forte Academy consists of 10 weeks (10 x 1 hour lessons), during which there is a one-week half term break. Students will receive a certificate upon the completion of each level, with a transcript of grammar covered and optional assessment results. For more information and key dates, see GCSE Latin overview.


Starter Course: 25th September - 23rd October 2021, 5 weeks


Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm BST


A fun, fast-paced and supportive introduction to Latin based on the current GCSE language component (OCR). This course will provide a great foundation for students interested in learning Latin alongside their main studies, building the tools for self-study and gaining an insight into the language, mythology and history of ancient Rome.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching approach is informal, engaging and learner-centered. Your tutor will facilitate learning via setting pre-class activities (e.g. translations, vocabulary learning or reading) that will be discussed and built upon in lesson time. Lessons will be held using Zoom Meetings and student interaction is encouraged via questioning; corrections; translations; polls; quizzes and breakout rooms.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Translate basic Latin sentences with confidence, including famous phrases!

  • Understand the key principles behind Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary in order to read a simple story. 

  • Translate simple English into Latin sentences (prose composition).

  • Understand which vocabulary learning techniques work best for you.  

  • Use the tools provided to continue with self-study of Latin up to a higher level and/or qualification.


Starter Course

£75           5 weeks*

How to Apply 

1. Enrol on your chosen course by purchase made via the store

2. Wait for your place confirmation email

3. Complete the pre-course questionnaire sent to you

Application Status: Closed

*Students who complete the starter course will have the opportunity to upgrade to Level 1, in order to reach the end of Chapter 3. Textbook: Students who wish to complete Level 1 are encouraged to invest in their own copy of the textbook Latin to GCSE Book 1 (Cullen, Taylor). 

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