We provide both complete courses, where we deliver all teaching, and supplemental courses, where we assist students who are already taking the subject at school. In the first case, we can arrange examination entries via the student’s school. If this is not possible, we are able to arrange for a student to be entered as a private candidate. We are experienced teachers of both the OCR and the Eduqas Specifications.
Every student is a unique client, and there is no standard course. We always begin by discussing learning methods and objectives. Our ambition is to ensure a learning experience tailored to the needs and expectations of each student. When a student is following a particular course at school, we will fit our teaching round that. This being said, we have a preference for teaching students to read Latin. We recommend that students should gain a thorough grounding in the grammar of Latin, and that they should read as much Latin as they can fit into their learning schedule.
Without prejudice to our disclaimer about “no standard course,” a typical lesson with us involves explanations of grammar, and a close reading of a particular text, in which every unknown word and construction is fully discussed. In this way, students will be equipped to handle any unseen text in the examination, and will have no trouble with the set texts.
Of course, we have a full set of past papers and mark schemes. We like to set regular test examinations. Indeed, all our teaching is, in one way or another, directed at the final examination.
As said, we will fit our teaching round what is already done at school. Otherwise, these are the books we recommend:
Cullen/Taylor – Latin to GCSE. This two volume set takes student from absolute beginner to somewhat beyond the present GCSE specification.
Taylor – Essential GCSE Latin. This provides all the grammar needed for success in the Latin GCSE.
Cullen/Dormandy/Taylor – Latin Stories. This is a book of one hundred graded passages that reinforce all the grammar and vocabulary needed for success in GCSE Latin. It is a book of astonishing value. Once a student is beyond the most basic level, we place it at the heart of our teaching. Without making foolish guarantees, we believe that regular and thorough use of this book can take a student to Level 9 in the GCSE within a year.
Students visit us at our premises in Deal – see below for details. Alternatively, we provide tuition via Skype. Please contact us to discuss details.
Our standard price for GCSE Latin is £30 per hour. Skype tuition is paid most easily via PayPal or bank transfer. For face-to-face tuition, payment details can be settled by discussion.
We offer a sliding discount for advance booking of hours.
Pay as You Go
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we ask that sessions be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.
The Centre for Ancient Studies
73 Middle Street
Kent CT14 6HN
07956 472 199