What is Latin?

Latin is primarily a language course that asks students to translate English into Latin and from Latin into English. It also introduces students to Latin authors such as Cicero, Tacitus, Apuleius, Livy, Seneca, Virgil, Ovid, Catullus, and Horace.

How is it studied?

OCR A-Level Latin is taught within the two-year A-Level programme.

Latin is taught in small groups: students will spend much of the first year further developing their language skills before moving on to reading and studying texts.

OCR A-Level Latin is also available as a one year or two-term retake programme.

How is A-Level Latin assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Unseen Translation 33% External Exam: 1 hr 45 mins
2 Prose Composition or Comprehension 17% External Exam: 1 hr 15 mins
3 Prose Literature (two texts in depth) 25% External Exam: 2 hrs
4 Verse Literature (two texts in depth) 25% External Exam: 2 hrs

Unseen Translation: from the Roman historian Livy’s account of Rome’s early history and from Ovid. Prose texts will be several sections of the
Cicero’s speech Pro Milone. Prescribed verse texts will be sections of book 8 of Virgil’s Aeneid, and sections of Ovid’s Heroides.

Exam Board: OCR


What do I need?

GCSE Latin at grade C or above is required to study A-Level Latin.


What should I study with Latin?

Latin combines will with a number of other subjects. Popular combinations include:

Latin, History, English Literature

Latin, French, Spanish

Latin, Religious Studies, History


What can I do with A-Level Latin?

Latin at A-Level will support university applications in a range of degrees. Apart from Classics, the course prepares you well for various aspects of law, politics, philosophy and business, as well as courses in literature, film, media or art. The technical ability required for learning a language – especially a highly rigorous language such as Latin – can also prepare you well for further study of the sciences.

Questions about the course

Can I take A-Level Latin in one year?

As an A-Level Latin retake student, yes.