Latin International GCSE (IGCSE)

Course overview

Language component

The IGCSE in Latin consists of two elements, one based on language and one on literature (one verse text and one prose).


The first  module (J282/01), consists of 50% of the marks available and is centred around the study of the language. Learners study texts and stories in Latin to build knowledge and understanding of Latin vocabulary, accidence and syntax In addition, learners will practice reading and translating extended passages in Latin. 


The course will also provide practice in translating short sentences and passages from English into Latin. Learners will then start to learn about verse and metre in Latin. 


In each session, Dr Beer will take the student through the main points of grammar, and will then provide some practice questions to complete. 


An accompanying text book will help students to navigate this material. 


The 90 minute examination consists of translating an extended passage of Latin into English, and the answering of comprehension questions on another Latin passage.

Roman Forum

Attributed: Mauro Grazz

Literature component

For the literature component, the student will be taken through two Latin texts (selections from Virgil’s Aeneid 3, and some passages from Cicero). This enables the student to gain a good translation, and provides the opportunity to consider the way each writer uses literary techniques to bring their material to life. 


The examination for this is also 90 minute long. At the end of the modules there will be opportunities to review and revise material before practising skills and knowledge through some examination-type papers. 


Mark schemes will help candidates to understand what is required by the examiners to achieve the highest grades.


On purchase, students will have access to the first half of the Language component. The second half the component will be available on the course dashboard in October 2022.


Click here for the Cambridge Latin IGCSE specification.

The Roman Baths, Bath, UK

Attribution: Paul Cuoco

Reasons to study Latin

  • Improve and strengthen literacy skills in English
  • Makes it easier to learn another language
  • Leads to the discovery of the ancient world
  • Deeper and better understanding of our modern world through the insights of the ancient world
  • Can prepare young people for a career in the scientific, legal medical professions (also beneficial for adults considering a change of career)
  • Develops the transferable skill of decoding to the world of computer programming
  • Is advantageous when applying for jobs and university applications – employers and universities value the skills of critical and analytical thought required in the study of Latin

Benefits of an IGCSE

  • Leading universities and employers around the world accept and value Cambridge IGCSEs as evidence of academic achievement.
  • IGCSEs are equivalent to GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and can be taken both in the UK and at exam centres around the world (see below for further information).
  • These qualifications can enhance career opportunities worldwide.




Course fee provides access to full course material until July 2025 


Covers specification for exams in 2024 and 2025


£27.80 x 5 months


Course fee provides access to full course material until July 2025 


Covers specification for exams in 2024 and 2025



The course can be purchased in full for £129 or via instalments of £27.80 for 5 months.

Yes, it is possible to take Latin IGCSE at exam centres worldwide. 


Many Cambrindge International Schools accept private candidates. It may also be possible to sit the exams at a British Council office.


The following links can help to locate exam centres in your country and area:


We are also very happy to help with lcoating an exam centre. Please email us at if you would like assistance.

Yes. You can choose to pay via 5 monthly instalments of £27.80 (total payment: £139).

The course fee does not include individual tutor support. Our courses provide exceptional, comprehensive material at an affordable cost. There are distance learning providers who offer tutor support and their fees reflect this. The support is usually via email.


Students following our courses benefit from the expertise of our course contributors. Dr Beer, for example, has contributed material for the current A Level Classical Civilisation syllabus and brings a wealth of teaching experience to the creation of our Classics courses.


As students progress through our courses they are able to check their understanding with study tasks, questions (and answers). It is also possible for students to revisit the sessions as often as required, allowing plenty of time to absorb and reflect on the material.


We consider our courses to be excellent value and hope you will too.


This course covers the specification for the exams in 2024 and 2025. It does not cover the syllabus for the exams after 2025. If you would like to take a similar qualification in Latin, please see our GCSE Latin course here. (Please note: GCSE exams, unlike IGCSE exams, can only be taken in the UK).

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