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

Students currently studying towards the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) examination will be supported by the Distance Learning programme until Summer 2024.

Please note, for a full Eduqas qualification, you must sit the Component 1 (language) exam, along with Component 2 (Literature and sources (Themes)) and Component 3B (Roman Civilisation). This requires completing all three components of the Distance Learning course: the language of Books IV and V, Latin literature and Roman Civilisation. If you need to enrol in modules to allow you to complete the course please email to complete the process. 

You may take this course for your own purposes and/or pleasure without sitting the examination.  If you are not sitting the exams, you will have a maxium time of 40 weeks with your tutor.

There are three components to the Eduqas course: Component 1: Language; Component 2: Literature and Source (Themes); and Component 3B: Roman Civilisation. Below are details of each component.


The language (Component 1) covers the linguistic content of Books IV and V of the Cambridge Latin Course. The Cambridge Latin Course is set firmly in the cultural context of the Roman world in the first century AD. Book IV focuses on imperial Rome, looking at key features of the city itself, and Book V is set in and around the court of the Emperor Domitian.


The main language features of Book IV include:

  • Passive verbs
  • Relative with subjunctive
  • Perfect and pluperfect passive tenses
  • Ablative absolute
  • Deponent verbs
  • Further use of the gerundive
  • Future participles
  • Future and future perfect tenses
  • Future passive tense
  • Present passive infinitive.


The main language features of Book V include:

  • Further analysis of passive and deponent verbs
  • Indirect statement
  • Present subjunctive
  • Further use of the gerundive.


In the Latin Literature and Sources (Component 2), Theme A: Travel by Land and Sea we will study selections from Cicero, Horace, Juvenal, Martial, Ovid, Pliny, Seneca.  (Valid for the Summer 2021, 2022 and 2023 examinations.)


For Component 3B, Roman Civilisation, we will study the topic 'Daily Life in a Roman Town' (Valid for the Summer 2021, 2022, and 2023 examinations).


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.

Component 1 covers the language elements of the UK fourth edition Books IV and V of the Cambridge Latin Course and students therefore need to purchase the following books:

  • Cambridge Latin Course Book IV, ISBN 0-521-79793-4
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book V, ISBN 0-521-79792-6
  • Cambridge Latin Grammar, ISBN 0-521-38588-1

You will find the books in most major bookshops, or you can order them 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 books. Please ensure you have the books in time for the start of your course.

The course study sessions are downloadable files from this website, accessible only to enrolled Independent Learners.

You will find our free language resources, a vocabulary tester and the defined vocabulary list for download in a variety of formats here:​


Our free Component 2 Latin Literature and Sources materials, including the set texts in interactive electronic format, as well as digital notes and commentary, a Student Study Book, and translations, are found here:


For Component 3B Roman Civilisation, you will find our free 'Daily Life in a Roman Town' booklet here:



There are 20 study sessions for the language component course, 6 (plus mock) for the literature component and 5 (plus mock) for the Roman Civilisation component, each requiring around 2 hours of study. The advised total study time is therefore in the region of 62 hours.


The Eduqas Certificate exam is a UK public examination and students are responsible for entering themselves for the exam via an examination centre in the autumn of the year before the summer of the exam.

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 are advised to approach local schools that are Eduqas examination centres.

While we cannot take responsibility for entering students for the examination itself, we may be able to assist you by providing information on known examination centres. The WJEC/Educas exam board may also be able to provide such information.

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. Our Partnership code is: CSCP2021.

Examination code: C990PB, route B.

Component 1: Latin Language

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Counts towards 50% of the qualification

This paper will be in two sections:

Section A

A range of short comprehension questions testing understanding of the storyline (55% of the marks for this component).

Translation of a passage from Latin into English, with a gradation of difficulty (35% of the marks for this component).

Section B

Either Translation from English into Latin or the permitted alternative, i.e. recognise, analyses and explain items of syntax and accidence (10% of marks for this component)

Component 2: Latin Literature and Sources (Themes)

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Counts towards 30% of the qualification

A prescription of Latin literature, both prose and verse, on a theme together with prescribed ancient source materials on the same theme. You will answer questions on Theme A: Travel by Land and Sea (valid for the Summer 2023 exams only). This is an open-book assessment.

Component 3B: Roman Civilisation

Written examination: 1 hour

Counts towards 20% of the qualification

You will answer questions on the topic 'Daily Life in a Roman Town'. (Valid for the Summer 2023 exams only.)


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