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The prerequiste for the second part of the A Level is the AS course.

In the second year of the A Level, you will build your knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin. You will study texts written by a range of prose authors and the verse unseen author to develop linguistic compentence. You will also continue your studies of Cicero's Pro Milone and the poems of Ovid, Propertius and Tibullus, 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 end date of this course for the 2018-2019 school year is 14 June 2019 - the date of the final A Level exam. Please see your Independent Learner Guide for further details

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, 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.

At A Level there are four components - two for language and two for literature. (For convenience, we will group these compenents as 'Language' and 'Literature'.) The literature set texts below are for the examination in Summer 2019. The overall OCR code for the A Level qualification is H443


Unseen Translation (01)

Unseen Prose Comprehension (02)


Prose Literature (03): selections from Cicero's Pro Milone

Verse Literature (04): a selection of the elegiac love poetry of Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid





For examination in 2018 and 2019:

Cicero Pro Milone, a selection, ed: R West and L Fotheringham, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, ISBN: 9781474266185

The death of Publius Clodius and the prosecution of Milo for his murder came at a critical point in the history of the late Republic, with Civil War and the collapse of the Republic only three years away. In his passionate defence of Milo, Cicero pleads for the rule of law as a vital counterweight to the anarchy that the gangs of Clodius, and Milo, had created. The published speech was regarded as a masterpiece of oratory in its own time, and is still held to be one of his finest compositions and a model for the presentation of such a defence. (

Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid: A Selection of Love Poetry, ed. A Nikkanen, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, ISBN: 9781474266147

Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid are our three main writers of Latin love elegy. The selected poems depict the bitter-sweet love affairs of the poet-lovers and their mistresses, from the heartbreak of rejection to the elation at love reciprocated. While Propertius's and Ovid's setting is the city and their poems show us such details of urbane Roman life as drinking parties and elaborate hair-dressing, Tibullus introduces the idyll of the countryside to the genre. Their sophisticated poems combine intense emotion with wit and irony, and celebrate the life of love and their mistresses, Propertius's Cynthia, Tibullus's Delia and Nemesis, and Ovid's Corinna. (


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




At A level, each study session requires about 4 hours study and preparation time. There are 20 sessions for the Language and 20 sessions for the Literature. The total study time for the Language is therefore 80 hours; likewise, the total study time for the Literature is 80 hours.

The total study time for a whole A Level (second part) course (Language and Literature) is about 160 hours.

We advise students preparing for an A Level (second part) course in one academic year to study for about 8 hours per week for 20 weeks and allow for revision time.

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.

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. They are the following:

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 candiate 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.


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. 

The cost covers: 

 For this you receive: 

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


For students wishing to study one component only, the cost is £550. For details of the individual Language or Literature component courses please see the links under 'A Level Latin (second part). 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) (Full Course)

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.  

Please note, before your online registration can be approved, you need to pay online or send a cheque to the Independent Learning Manager and complete the form for this course via the Enrol tab (on the left).

The Cambridge School Classics Project is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. As such we keep the cost of our courses as low as possible. Any money we may make on our Independent Learning courses is put back into providing greater resources and support for all students of Latin and the Classical world. 

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