Hamilton College is a second home to me therefore it was an honour and a privilege when I was offered the opportunity to serve as the Head Girl for 2013/14. It is a memory that I shall treasure forever.

Lucy Begbie
Head Girl 2013/2014

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National 4/5 Latin

The learning of Latin is the study of a language, literature and civilisation that forms a crucial backdrop to the development of western thought and society. It provides us with the means of direct contact with the Roman world, its people and its institutions. Latin also underpins the learning of many other languages.

Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • translating skills, including developing knowledge and understanding of literary styles and nuances 
  • understanding, analysing and evaluating a range of literary texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in familiar contexts 
  • the ability to apply knowledge of language 
  • knowledge and understanding of literary techniques and Roman culture. 

Learning and Teaching Methods

The emphasis is on acquiring skills to help you understand how languages work and how to adopt a methodical approach. Reading skills will help you develop a critical approach to what you read and learn about life in Roman times. Planning, research and presentation skills will help you to produce displays and reports based on accurate facts and informed opinions. There will be opportunities for individual and group work as well as whole class lessons. Course text books are central to the teaching and use will also be made of digital material.

 Careers Information

Transferable skills developed through the study of Latin – linguistic analysis, meticulous attention to detail, critical thinking and clarity of expression – support all other subjects in the curriculum. Latin also includes elements of history, drama, art and language which can help you to appreciate your place in modern Europe. Latin is valuable for: English, modern languages, law, medicine, accountancy, architecture, biology and botany, teaching, museum related careers, archaeology, the diplomatic service, the church, journalism and the theatre.