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This course will not be re-opening after the current examination series. We apologise for any disappointment.

The prerequisite for this course is the AS Latin Language component (or AS Latin course).

In this course, you will study the Language components of the A Level (second part). These consist of:

Unseen Translation (01)

Unseen Prose Comprehension (02)

For convenience these two components are grouped together and called the A Level  'Language' component. 

The overall OCR code for the A Level qualification is H443. While we allow you to take the A Level 'Language' course as a separate component, please note that in order to obtain a complete A Level, you must sit all four examinations (01, 02, 03, 04) in one year (Summer 2023/24 for example). Please see the secton 'Exam structure' for details of the Language exams. 

You may take this course to prepare yourself for the A Level exams, or for your own purposes or pleasure.

If you wish to enrol on this course, please click on the Cost tab to make your payment and then on the Enrol tab on the left, where you will see a link to an online registration form.


Your e-tutor will always be an experienced, enthusiastic Latin teacher, who knows the course well and is familiar with ways to help you with any issues which may arise during the course. He or she is unlikely to be involved in this project for the money! Rather your tutor will want to help you get the most out of your study of Latin and the Roman world.

When you enrol for the course, we will send you, by post, amongst other materials, an Independent Learner's Guide, detailing what work to undertake in each session. For examination courses (Eduqas, AS/A Level), sessions are held online. Almost all sessions have a designated assignment to send to your e-tutor. Your e-tutor will mark your work and return it to you, with ideas on how you might improve and, like any tutor, will try to explain an idea or concept to you if you are not certain about it. You do not have to send work if you do not wish to do so, of course, but we strongly recommend that you do, as this will both inform you of how you are progressing, and help your e-tutor to assist you in your learning.

Most of our e-tutors tell us that they would like to be contacted by their students more frequently, rather than less, and no limit is placed on the amount of times you may contact your e-tutor.
All e-tutors have completed a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and are competent in sending, receiving and marking work electronically. Should you have any concerns about your e-tutor at any stage, you can contact our office at any time.

AS Latin Language (Component 01)

You will need to purchase the following:

Latin Unseens for A level, edited by Ashley Carter, Bristol Classical Press, 2005, ISBN 978-1-85399-681-8

Latin Beyond GCSE, John Taylor, Bristol Classical Press, 2017, ISBN 9781474299831 [This is the second edition. If you have the 2009 first edition, please do not worry. It is valid for the course.]

Kennedy's Revised Latin Primer, Longman, 1962, ISBN 978-0582362406

Advanced Latin, Materials for A2 and Pre-U, Stephen Anderson, James Morewood, Katherine Radice, ISBN: 9781853-997297

Ovid Unseens, ed. Mathew Owen, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014, ISBN: 9781472509840

Ovid Amores I, John Barsby (ed.), Bloomsbury, 2013, ISBN: 9780906515457

Livy, Book XXI, ed. P. G. Walsh, Bristol Classical Press, 1991, ISBN: 978-0-862-921781

Livy, Hannibal’s War, translation by JC Yardley, Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0199555970

The following files are available to download to assist with your course.

*** Only students enrolled on the course and the course tutors can access downloadable course materials ***

Each study session required about 4 hours study and preparation time. There are 20 sessions in the Language course; the total study time for the Language is therefore around 80 hours.

A Level is a UK public examination and students should ensure that they have access to an examination centre which offers this exam before they enrol on the course.


School students are advised to approach their school's Exams Officer and ask that their school enters them for the examination.


Mature students may either approach local schools or contact us for assistance finding an examination centre. We may be able to help you by providing you with a list of some schools in your area that offer Latin; you would then need to contact these schools.


If you cannot find a school that is willing to enter you for your exams then a company like Tutors and Exams may be an option. Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. They currently have five examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon. Please note that there is a charge for their services, although CSCP Distance Learners are eligible for the reduced "Partner" rate.


In all cases, firm arrangements should be made in the Autumn Term before the exam. While CSCP takes responsibility for tutoring students for the exams, we are not ourselves an examination centre and are unable to enter students for exams.



The A Level examination consists of four papers. Below are the two Language component papers:


The Unseen Translation (01) question paper has two sections. Candidates answer both


Section A: The candidate will translate a passage of unseen prose into English (50 marks)

Section B: The candidate will translate a passage of unseen verse into English (45 marks)

Total: 100 marks

Time: 1 hour and 45 mins.

The section counts towards 33% of the total examination mark.



In the Unseen Prose Comprehension (02)  paper the candidate will answer Section A: complete a short translation, answer comprehension questions and grammar questions.

Total: 50 marks

Time: 1 hour and 15 min.

This section counts towards 17% of the total examination mark.


You must sit these papers along with the Prose Literature (03) and Verse Literature (04) papers.

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