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The prerequisite for this course is the AS Latin Literature (exam year 2022) component. The literature set texts below are for the examination in Summer 2023, Summer 2024. 

This course has two components:

Prose Literature (03): Cicero, Pro Cluentio, from Murder at Larinum

Verse Literature (04): Virgil's Aeneid XII

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

You will continue your studies of Cicero's Pro Cluentio and Virgil's Aeneid XII, 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 2024, 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.

Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 27-32 and 35-37

In 66 BC, Aulus Cluentius Habitus was tried for the attempted murder of Statius Albius Oppianicus the Elder. The prosecutor was Sassia, Cluentius' own mother. Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous statesman, orator and lawyer, defended Cluentius in his Pro Cluentio, a persuasive oratorical tour de force. The selections in this edition prove that Cicero was not above using character assassinations in his speeches, first attacking Oppianicus the Elder, then Sassia in a vivid, melodramatic narrative which distracts and diverts the jury from Cluentius' alleged crimes. (From

Virgil, Aeneid Book XII 728-952

Aeneid XII is the final book of Virgil's Roman epic. The war fought between Aeneas' refugee Trojans and the people of Latium here reaches a bloody, moving climax. The OCR selection contains two scenes of rich emotion focussed on the Italian war-leader Turnus as he reacts to military defeat and crisis, followed by the full narrative of the decisive single combat between Turnus and Aeneas with which the poem concludes. This is one of the great passages in Latin literature – grand in content and style, complex and challenging in its subject matter.  (


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, or email for examination courses, 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.
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AS Latin Literature (H043/02):
Prose: Cicero, Pro Cluentio, from Murder at Larinum, 1-7 and 10-11
Verse: Virgil, Aeneid Bok XII 1-106, 614-727

For examination in 2023 and 2024:

You will need to purchase the following:

Prose (Group 2):

Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 27-32 and 35-37

To purchase: Cicero, Pro Cluentio, A Selection, edited by Matthew Barr, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN: 9781350060340

Verse (Group 4):

Virgil, Aeneid Book XII 728-952

To purchase: Virgil Aeneid XII, edited by James Burbidge, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN: 9781350059214

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.

Payment may be made by online card payment or cheque. 

To pay online, by debit/credit card please choose only one from the following links:

Pay for A Level Latin  (second part) Literature

Please note that the above link will take you to the University's e-sales website, which is a different website to ours. You will need to create an account with University e-sales that is different to your course account to complete the purchase.

To pay by UK Sterling cheque, please make the cheque for the required amount payable to 'University of Cambridge' and send to: Independent Learning Manager, CSCP, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ.

If you wish to pay by cheque in a currency other than sterling, there is a supplement to cover our bank's currency conversion charges. For details of the current price please email the Independent Learning Manager or telephone on +44 1223 330579.  

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