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Please note, the final exam session for these set texts is Summer 2021. This is due to OCR's extension of the current syllabus, which gives an IL only a year (2020-2021) to complete the AS. If you wish to study just the AS Literature component over a year, it would be best to do the AS Language course this year (2020-2021), followed by AS Literature with the new syllabus.

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 2019-2020, followed by the AS Literature component (02) in 2020-2021, but to gain an AS qualification, you will need to sit both the AS Language and Literature papers in the same year (2021 for example).] - Please see the above note.

You can achieve just an AS qualification, or, you may continue your studies for a full A Level in Latin. With the Tacitus and Virgil syllabus, you have up to Summer 2022 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 course in Autumn 2021, 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.


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.


For examination in 2021:

Tacitus, Histories I, 4 (finis Neroinis...) - 7, 12-14, 17-23 and 26. 

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. (

Virgil, Aeneid Book XI 1-224

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. (

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 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., Tacitus, Histories I, 4) and one verse set text (i.e., Virgil, Aeneid XI). 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:

Pay for AS Level Latin - Literature Only

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.

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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