A level Latin enables you to read some of the masterpieces of western literature.


A level Latin is suitable for those who have already sat Latin at GCSE. It is taught using a mixture of grammar exercises, unseen translation work and tutorials on the set texts. There is a focus on literary criticism and understanding poetic techniques.

Board: OCR

Throughout the course, learners build their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying prose and verse texts in Latin.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following areas:

  • Building knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures through reading and studying verse and prose literature texts in Latin
  • Verse literature: one set text chosen from Virgil, Aeneid VIII or Ovid, Amores I
  • Prose literature: one set text chosen from Tacitus, Annals I or Cicero, Pro Milone

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. In the second year you will focus on the following areas:

  • Verse literature: Virgil, Aeneid VIII and Ovid, Amores I
  • Prose literature: Tacitus, Annals I and Cicero, Pro Milone
  • Reading additional texts in translation to understand context from which the set texts have been taken

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
1 hour and 30 minutes
2 hours

A2 Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
Unseen translation
1 hour and 45 minutes
Prose Composition
or Comprehension
I hour and 15 minutes
Paper 3 Paper 4
Prose literature
2 hours
Prose literature
2 hours

Latin One-Year A level

The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year.

Related Further Study and Careers

A level Latin is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the wide range of transferable skills acquired by students. These include the development of critical analysis skills, which helps learners in their future study. This discipline also encourages the development of linguistic skills, useful in the study and application of English and other languages.

Programme Requirements

Students are normally required to have at least grade C at GCSE Latin, or equivalent.

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