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The Book II Independent Learner Course is a 40-week tutored email correspondence course.

Please use the menu on the left (or menu below if you are on a mobile phone or tablet) for more details, or read on below for an overview.

The Book II Course is suitable for those who have completed the Book I Course or for those who are coming back to Latin after a few years and who feel confident with the basics of the language. To find out whether the content of the course is appropriate for you, please visit the course content page. 

Book II is divided into 8 Stages, or chapters, and each Stage normally takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete. The whole course therefore takes from 40 to 50 hours to complete. You may wish to study every day or just once a week - the pace at which you go is entirely up to you! Your e-tutor will be available for up to 40 weeks and will be happy to receive work from you, by email or post, at whatever pace you decide to go. 

When you enrol for the course, you will receive a set of materials including an Independent Learner's Guide, which divides the course into 34 sessions, each designed to last about 1.5 hours. For almost every session, some work is identified for you to submit to your e-tutor and he or she will aim to assess that work and return it to you, with advice for improvement, within 48 hours. Assessment and certification are available twice during this course. 

CSCP is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge, and therefore we keep the costs of our courses as low as we can, to allow as many people as possible to gain access to the study of Latin and the Roman world. 

If you would like to enrol for 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.

The Cambridge Latin Course is set firmly in the cultural context of the Roman world in the first century AD. Book II focuses on life in two Roman provinces: first Roman Britain, then Roman Egypt. 

The main language features of Book II include

  • Genitive and vocative, singular and plural, of nouns of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions
  • Pluperfect tense, all persons, of verbs of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th conjugations
  • Word order
  • Further pronouns
  • Adjectives of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions
  • Irregular verbs (volo, nolo, possum)
  • Relative clauses
  • Present infinitive
  • Present participle
  • Present imperative
  • Longer sentences with postquam, simulac etc.

The main civilisation topics include

  • Slavery and economy in Roman Britain
  • The Romans in Britain: the British tribes, Roman conquest and Romanisation, trade
  • The British king Cogidubnus
  • The palace at Fishbourne
  • Alexandria: the city, the Pharos, underwater discoveries
  • Egypt: craftmanship and peasant life
  • The worship of Isis
  • Medicine and science




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, or email for examination courses, 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.

Book II ~ Materials

The basis of this course is the UK edition of Book II of the Cambridge Latin Course

Your study of the textbook is supported by an 80 page Book II Independent Learning Manual and a Book II Independent Learning Manual Answer Book, which are specifically designed for students without direct access to a Latin teacher. You will also receive a Book II Independent Learner's Guide, detailing what you should aim to study in each session and highlighting the work to be sent to your e-tutor. 

When you enrol, we will send you all the necessary print materials except the textbook. This is because we encourage you to view the textbook before you enrol for the course, so that you have an opportunity to see the textbook's approach and be sure that you wish to follow a tutored course through it. You will find the textbook in most major bookshops, or you can order it directly from (not or The Hellenic Bookservice. If you are a student outside the UK, please be sure to purchase the UK fourth edition of the Book (ISBN 978-0-521-64468-6).

*** Only students enrolled on the course and the course tutors can access downloadable course materials ***

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

*** Only students enrolled on the course and the course tutors can access downloadable course materials ***

The Book II Course is divided into 8 Stages, or chapters, representing Stages 13 to 20 of the Cambridge Latin Course. Certificated assessment is available at the end of Stages 16 and 20. The assessment is certificated by the University of Cambridge. 

The assessment in each case evaluates your understanding of both the language and the civilisation elements of the course. You are asked to answer comprehension questions on a passage of Latin similar in difficulty to that of the stories in Stages 16 or 20, as appropriate, and you are also tested on the cultural topics covered in the course. The Stage 16 test assesses your knowledge of cultural information in Stages 13 to 16 (Roman Britain) and the Stage 20 test assesses your knowledge of the cultural information in Stages 17 to 20 (Roman Egypt). 

The assessment tests are emailed or posted to you by your e-tutor and we trust you to complete them in exam conditions. Your e-tutor will mark your scripts and we will send you a certificate if you pass the assessment. 

The Cambridge Latin Course leads to GCSE qualification and by the end of the Book II Course you will be about half-way to GCSE level. For further details of progression to GCSE, please see the Qualifications area of the website.

The cost covers: 
  • up to 40 weeks e-tutoring
  • a Book II Independent Learning Manual
  • a Book II Independent Learning Manual Answer Book
  • a Book II Independent Study Guide
  • support from the Cambridge School Classics Project office

You will need to purchase your own copy of the Cambridge Latin Course Book II textbook (ISBN 978-0-521-64468-6) from any good bookshop or online from (not Students outside the UK should be sure to purchase the British edition of the textbook, rather than the North American edition. 

This course may be purchased with an optional audio CD set at an additional cost of £16.66 (this is not a course requirement but you may find it useful).

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 Book II Course

Pay for Book II Course and Audio CDs

Please note that the above links will take you to the University's e-sales website, which is a different website to ours. You will need to create an account with University e-sales that is different to your course account to complete the purchase.

To pay by UK Sterling cheque, please first email the Independent Learning manager at

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 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, GMT)

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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