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

In this course you will study the Language component (H043/01) of the AS Latin course.

You may take this course in preparation for the AS examination. [While we give you the option of studying AS Language or AS Literature in one year, to gain any qualification, you will need to sit both language and literature in the same year. For while the language and literature papers are separate, they are considered as a whole. For example, you may study just the Language component in 2021-2022, followed by the AS Literature component (02) in 2022-2023, but to gain an AS qualification, you will need to sit both the AS Language and Literature papers in the same year (2023 for example).]

You can achieve just an AS qualification with the new A Level. Or, you may continue your studies for a full A Level in Latin. With the literature syllabus of Cicero, Pro Cluentio and Virgil's Aeneid XII, you have up to Summer 2024 to sit the four A Level exams. The overall OCR code for the AS Latin qualification is H043.

As a prospective A Level Independent Learner, you will need to ensure that you are in the correct cycle for the literature set texts in order to acheive a full A Level. For example, if you were to begin your AS course in Autumn 2023, you would then be in the next cycle for the set texts.

Please note -  a major difference between the new A Level and the old is that the examination result you acheive at AS level cannot be carried over to the second year examinations. In other words, you cannot improve your overall result through combining the first and second year examination grades. For example, should you receive a C grade at AS level, you cannot hope to improve this result by achieving an A grade in the second year exams. You are therefore, somewhat compelled to sit all the exams at the end of the two years. Of course, you can sit the AS examinations at the end of your first year of study, and then resit them at the end of the second year, along with the second year exams.

You may, of course, take the course for your own pleasure or purposes and not sit the exams.

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, 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.

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.]

Cambridge Latin Grammar, edited by R Griffin, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0-521-38588-6

The defind vocabulary lists in pdf and Excel format are here: (please go to 'Planning and Teaching' for the two versions).

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

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Each 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.


AS (Advanced Subsidiary) 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 overall code for the AS Latin qualification is H043.

Please note, you will need to sit both papers, language and literature in one year.  You may sit the AS language and literature papers with no change to the syllabus until  Summer 2023; should you wish to achieve a full A Level qualification you may then sit the final (A Level) language and literature papers with no change to the syllabus in Summer 2024

Language (01)                                1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks                                         50% of total AS Level

Learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose texts in Latin to become familiar with the vocabulary in the Defined Vocabulary List and prescribed syntax and accidence. Assessment is by unseen (sight reading) translation (55 marks) and comprehension questions (25 marks) on content. CSCP is not planning on teaching the prose composition option.

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