Why study Cambridge IGCSE Latin

Your child will enjoy the challenges that our Cambridge IGCSE Latin homeschooling course offers:

  • exercising the memory when learning vocabulary
  • finding connections between Latin words and English, French and Spanish
  • using their analytical skills when looking for the sense of a sentence in Latin
  • expanding their vocabulary and improving their understanding of the English Language.

It’s not only linguists who benefit from learning Latin, however, but also those who want to become lawyers, doctors, diplomats, civil servants, historians, entrepreneurs and business people – indeed, anyone who likes using his or her brain.

Your child will learn about the lifestyle, duties and pastimes of a Roman citizen, as well as about the culture and legacy of the Roman Empire. There is no better way of unlocking the past and using your imagination and creativity.

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of IGCSE courses.

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Key topics covered in the course

Key aims of Cambridge IGCSE Latin are to enable your child to develop:

  • An understanding of the language
  • The ability to read and respond to some Latin literature
  • An understanding of elements of Roman civilisation and its legacy
  • An analytical approach to language by seeing the contrast with English
  • An understanding of relevant aesthetical, ethical, political, religious and social issues
  • A foundation for further study

Prior requirements and hours of study

  • Prior learning: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course should have studied a general curriculum such as the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme or equivalent national educational framework such as the Key Stage 3 programme of study within the National Curriculum for England.
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. This is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work.

The syllabus and exam

•   The course will prepare your child for the Cambridge (CAIE) Latin syllabus 0480.

•   This subject is not available in countries in Zone 1 and 2.

•   Note that the exam may be sat only in June.

•   The exam comprises two written papers:

Paper 1

Language 1 hour and 30 minutes, (50% of the total mark)

Paper 2

Literature 1 hour and 30 minutes, (50%)

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of those most convenient.

All of our IGCSE courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

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2023-2025 Exams

Course Fees

I am glad I did IGCSE Latin because it helped me with my A Level Classical Civilisation course. Thank you for your support and assistance, I really appreciate it. Wolsey Hall Oxford is the best distance learning course I’ve been on because of the support from friendly people like you. It’s been brilliant.
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Sahin Kathawala – Adult Learner


The Latin course at Wolsey Hall Oxford was run extremely well with lots of learning aids. Jo Lashly as my Tutor could not have been better. Her turnaround on marking was astonishingly quick by any measure but even more so when the extensive comments and advice she added are considered. I am looking forward to going on to study the A Level.
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Suzanne Webber – Adult Learner Age 69