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Please note: OCR have extended the current A Level syllabus to 2022. Please see

The prerequiste for the second part of the A Level is the AS course 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 and 2020 to 2021.

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 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 current A Level syllabus is valid until Summer 2022

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.

Prerequites: AS Latin 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Components below:

AS Latin Language (01)

AS Latin Literature (02):
Prose: Tacitus, Histories I, 4 (finis Neronis...)-7, 12-14, 17-23 and 26. ('Group 1' in the A Level exams)
Verse: Virgil, Aeneid Book XI, 1-224 ('Group 3' in the A Level exams)

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 Autumn 2021 and Summer 2022. The overall OCR code for the A Level qualification is H443


Unseen Translation (01)

Unseen Prose Comprehension (02)


Prose Literature (03): selections from Tacitus, Histories I

Verse Literature (04): Virgil's Aeneid XI





For examination in 2020, 2021 and 2022:

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



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.

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. 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 answer 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. [Please note that as we are in lockdown, we are not accepting cheques at this time.]

To pay online, by debit/credit card please click on the following:

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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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