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In this course you will study the Literature component (H043/02) 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, or, you may continue your studies for a full A Level in Latin. The current AS Literature syllabus, Cicero, Pro Cluentio and Virgil, Aeneid Book XII, as available for examination in 2022 and 2023 (and at A Level in 2023 and 2024). 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 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 on the left, where you will see a link to an online registration form.



A Level Latin:

Prose Literature (H443/03)
Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 27–32 & 35–37 English: Cicero, Pro Cluentio, 9–18, 43–61, 181–185 (Group 2)

Verse Literature (H443/04)
Virgil, Aeneid, Book XXI 728-952. English: Virgil, Aeneid Book XII (Group 4)

For examination in 2022 and 2023:

Prose (Group 1):

Cicero, Pro Cluentio, taken from Murder at Larinum, 1–7 and 10–11

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

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

Verse (Group 3):

Virgil, Aeneid Book XII 1–106, 614–727

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

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.  (

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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 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.

The overall code for the AS Latin qualification is H043.

Literature (02)                                2 hours

80 marks                                         50% of total AS Level

Learners study in depth one prose set text (i.e., Cicero, Pro Cluentio, Murder at Larinum) and one verse set text (i.e., Virgil, Aeneid XII). Learners should have an awareness of the immediate literary context from which the set texts have been taken. It is expected that they will develop this through wider reading in English. Assessment is by comprehension questions on content and style on a passage of the text (25 marks), translation of five lines (5 marks) and a mini-essay (10 marks).

The cost covers: 

For this you receive: 

  • 20 sessions e-tutoring in your literature 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 link:

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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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