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The prerequisite for this course is the AS Latin Literature (exam years 2019, 2020 and 2021) component. The literature set texts below are for the examination in Summer 2020, Summer 2021, Autumn 2021 and Summer 2022 (Summer 2022 is the final examination year for these texts).

This course has two components:

Prose Literature (03): Tacitus, Histories I

Verse Literature (04): Virgil's Aeneid XI

For convenience we will group these components and call them the 'Literature' component.

You will continue your studies of Tacitus, Histories I and Virgil's Aeneid XI, in terms of breadth and depth, than previously studied in the AS Latin course, as well as reading literature in translation to understand the context of the texts. 

The overall OCR code for the A Level qualification is H443. While we allow you to take the A Level 'Literature' 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 2022, for example). Please see the secton 'Exam structure' for details of the Literature exams. 

You may take this course to prepare yourself for the A Level exams, or for your own purpose 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, 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, amongst other materials, an Independent Learner's Guide, detailing what work to undertake in each session. 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 Literature (02), the set texts as follows:

AS Prose Literature: Tacitus, Histories I, 4 (finis Neronis…)-7, 12-14, 17-23 and 26 ('Group 1' in the A Level exams)

Verse Literature: Virgil, Aeneid, Book XI, 1-224 ('Group 3' in the A Level exams)

For examination in Summer 2020, 2021, Autumn 2021 and Summer 2022 (Summer 2022 is the final examination year for these texts.)


Tacitus, Histories I, 27-36, 39-44, 49. ('Group 2' in the A Level exams)

To purchase: 

Tacitus Histories I: A Selection, Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN: 9781350010154

Histories I starts in AD 69, during the civil war after the death of Nero. Tacitus describes the unstable conditions in the Roman Empire, as different generals are elevated by their soldiers to the position of emperor. In the prescribed selection, rebellion and violence break out in the city of Rome, as the Praetorian Guard of the emperor Galba transfer their support to a controversial younger man, Otho. Tacitus vividly portrays the elderly Galba's attempts to maintain order and discipline as power slips from his grasp, while Otho inspires the disorderly soldiers, keeping control only with difficulty over this volatile group of men. (

English translation: Tacitus, Histories I, 17-26, 37-38, 45-48.


Virgil, Aeneid, Book XI 498-521, 532-596, 648-689, 725-835 ('Group 4' in the A Level exams)

To purchase: 

Virgil Aeneid XI: A Selection, ed. Ashley Carter, Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN: 9781350008373

In Book XI Pallas, the warrior son of Evander who was killed by Turnus, is buried, amid the mourning of his father and the Trojans. After a truce to collect and bury the dead on both sides, fighting resumes, during which the warrior-maiden Camilla battles bravely for the Latins before being killed. The events of the book take up just four days: Pallas' funeral occupies the first; the second and third are devoted (briefly) to the truce and burials; the fourth, taking up the second half of the book, is concerned with Camilla's aristeia, in which she is likened to an Amazon. (

English translation: Virgil, Aeneid Book XI


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

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Each study session requires about 4 hours study and preparation time. There are 20 sessions in the course. The total study time is therefore about 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 or homeschool 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.

In the Prose Literature (03) paper the candidate will answer Section A and Section B and Section C. In Section A, the candidate will answer questions on the set text they have studied from Group 1. In Section B, candidates will answser questions on the set texts in Group 2. In both sections, there will be comprehension questions, set text translation and an analysis question. In Section C, candidates will write an essay based on the set text from Group 2 and material read in translation.

Total: 75 marks

Time: 2 hours

This section counts towards 25% of the total examination mark.


In the Verse Literature (04) paper the candidate will answer Section A and Section B and Section C. In Section A, the candidate will answer questions on the set text they have studied from Group 3. In Section B, candidates will answser questions on the set texts in Group 4. In both sections, there will be comprehension questions, set text translation and an analysis question. In Section C, candidates will write an essay based on the set text from Group 4 and material read in translation.

Total: 75 marks

Time: 2 hours

This section counts towars 25% of the total examination mark. 

Please note, in order to obtain the A Level you must sit these exams along with the A Level Latin Language component papers.


The cost covers: 

For this you receive:

  • 20 sessions e-tutoring in your chosen component
  • support from the Cambridge School Classics Project office.

The cost of a course does not include the provision of books, as we advise that you purchase these yourself to allow you to mark them as you wish. At this level, we also advise that students following a Latin module purchase their own Latin dictionary.

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