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Please note: OCR have extended the current AS syllabus to summer 2021. Please see:

This means that you have just two years to complete the AS and A Level (second part) Latin courses.

The AS Level in Latin will prepare you for the OCR AS level examinations should you wish to take it. It also comprises the first half of the OCR A level syllabus. It builds on GCSE Latin, introducing learners to a greater range of vocabulary, accidence and syntax. This requires the detailed study of prose and verse literature, and a deeper understanding of the life and culture of the ancient world.

The pre-requisite for this course is a GCSE in Latin or the equivalent.

Please note, for a full OCR AS level qualification, you must sit both the language paper (01) aand the literature paper (02). The full course will prepare you for both.

You may take this course for your own purposes and/or pleasure or to prepare the first half of the A level syllabus without sitting the examination. 

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.

The components for the first year of the new A Level in Latin correspond to the old AS level in that there is language study and study of the set texts. There is an Language (01) component and an Literature (02) component. In preparation for the first year A Level exams (AS), you will need to study both language and literature. The overall OCR code for the AS Latin qualification is H043.

You can achieve just an AS qualification with the new A Level. Or, you may continue your studies into the second year for a full A Level in Latin. With the current syllabus, you have up to Summer 2022 to sit the four exams.

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.


Please note: OCR have extended the AS syllabus until summer 2021.

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. (



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


At AS level, each session for each component requires about 4 hours study and preparation time and there are 20 sessions per module. The total study time for the each component is therefore about 80 hours.

The total study time for a whole AS course (two components) is about 160 hours.

We advise students preparing for an AS course in one academic year to study for about 8 hours per week for 20 weeks and allow for revision time.


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.

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 2021; 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 2022.

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.

Literature (02)                                2 hours

80 marks                                         50% of total AS Level

Learners study in depth one prose set text (i.e., Tacitus) and one verse set text (i.e., Virgil). 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: 
  • 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 further details of the single component courses, please see menu on left hand side of the page, under 'AS Level Latin').

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.

(The costs for the second year of the course leading to A level will also be £995.)

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 AS Level Latin - 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.

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. 

To complete your enrolment on this course, please ensure you complete and submit the Enrloment form via the Enrol tab.

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(Please note, payment is required before final approval of your enrolment. Full details on how to pay are in the 'Cost' tab.)

Note: The University has now shut all buildings from 23 March to an indefinite date. IL course print materials are therefore in limited supply during this period. Should print materials run out, or we cannot post due to containment measures, we will provide digital versions. Audio CD sets are not available at this time; please do not order when enrolling.

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