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    Latin GCSE

    The Latin GCSE course

    In choosing to study Latin you will discover the roots of culture and language which shape Europe even today.

    For the language component of the course, you will study texts and stories in Latin to build knowledge and understanding of Latin vocabulary and grammar.  This constitutes 50% of the course and provides a solid grounding for study of classical Latin at advanced level.

    For the Prose and Verse Literature component learners study Latin set texts, learning to answer questions in English on aspects of content and to respond to the ancient literature they have studied. The Prose and Literature element constitutes 25% of the final examination.

    Finally, in the Literature and Culture component, learners study two topics on Roman civilisation and culture using the sources in a prescribed sources booklet in order to answer questions in English on aspects of the fascinating and enthralling civilisation of the Roman world. The Literature and Culture component constitutes the remaining 25% of the specification.

    The course is split into 9 main modules as shown below.

    • Module 1: Amor – Conflicting Emotions
    • Module 2: Myths and Beliefs
    • Module 3: The Circus Maximus
    • Module 4: Amor – Otium
    • Module 5: The Theatre at Pompeii
    • Module 6: The Roman Gods
    • Module 7: Dinner Parties
    • Module 8: Life after Death
    • Module 9: Baucis et Philemon

    As you work through the course you will submit 10 Tutor-Marked Assignments across 51 lessons. These are formative assessments so you and your tutor can gauge your progress.

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    Online Course? Paper Based? Somewhere in between? It’s your choice!

    All of our GCSE Latin students receive:

    • Traditional printed learning materials
    • Access to our online resources with on-the-go access to all your regular lessons
    • Unmatched support by a fully qualified teacher online and by phone
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    Exams and Assessment

    The course prepares you for the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Latin (J282) Specification

    Oxford Home Schooling has selected the following papers from the syllabus for study.

    • Paper 01: Language (J282/01)
      • 1.5 hours
      • 50% of the total marks
    • Paper 04: Verse Literature A (J282/04)
      • 1 hour
      • 25% of the total marks
    • Paper 6: Literature and Culture (J282/06)
      • 1 hour
      • 25% of the total marks

    Course duration and study time

    When you enrol with Oxford Home Schooling we will agree an intended examination date with you. Your support will last all the way up to this examination date, regardless of how long you decide to study the course, be it over 9 months or 30.

    200 hours of study are recommended for this course.  These modules will be used for 2025 and 2026 examinations.

    Course price

    Our Latin GCSE course fee is £395.

    You may pay using our interest-free easy payment scheme. Pay a £79 deposit followed by eight monthly instalments of £39.50.

    You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education.

    This support includes:

    • Marking all assignments for the course
    • Written answers to specific study problems
    • Telephone contact

    When you begin this course, you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.

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    Prior Knowledge

    No prior knowledge of this subject is required but may be beneficial.




    This qualification provides the ideal foundation for
    learners to progress to OCR’s AS Level in Latin and A
    Level in Latin.

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    There are OCR recommended textbooks for studying the J282 specification which you might wish to purchase for extra explanation or access to extra practice materials. These resources are not compulsory for completion of the OOL GCSE Latin course nor for sitting the exam. They are optional extras in which you might be interested.

    The up-to-date list can be found on the OCR website at GCSE – Latin (9-1) – J282 (from 2016) – OCR.