Latin GCSE: J281 (2017)


The J281 Latin GCSE consists of two compulsory language papers (A401 and A402) and two from: Latin Prose Literature (A403), Latin Verse Literature (A404) and Sources for Latin (A405).

The examination is tiered, with the majority of candidates sitting the higher tier (graded A*-D) and a much smaller number entered for the foundation tier (graded C-G). The information and resources on this website are aimed at higher tier candidates.

All information on this website is for guidance only, and while every effort is made for that information to be correct, candidates are always advised to check official OCR publications for details of examinations.

Language 1 Language 2 Prose Literature Verse Literature Sources for Latin
Paper code A401 A402 A403 A404 A405
Exam length 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Exam dates 2017 Fri 19 May (pm) Tue 23 May (am) Wed 17 May (am) Thu 25 May (pm) Wed 7 Jun (am)
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Vocabulary/lines
(higher tier)
300 words 475 words c. 135 lines (1070–80 words) c. 135 lines
Topic / Author Mythology and Domestic Life History Option A: Conquest & conflict
Option B: Messalina, U. Quadratilla
Option A: Catullus, Ovid
Option B: Virgil Aeneid I
1. Work and domestic life
2. Social life and entertainment
Marks available 60 60 50 50 50
% of qualification 25% 25% 25% 25% 25%
Specification A401 spec A402 spec A403 spec A404 spec A405 spec
2015 question papers
(higher tier)
A401 A402 A403 A404 A405