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Welcome to the Cambridge Latin Course

With a 50 year history of development and revision, the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC) has established itself as the leading beginner's course for Latin. In addition, both Eduqas and OCR examination boards endorse the Cambridge Latin Course for GCSE teaching.

Aims of the CLC

  • to teach comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes;
  • to develop an understanding of the history and culture of Roman civilisation;
  • to encourage a wide range of approaches to language learning through the use of high quality audio-visual resources.


The core resource is a series of 5 textbooks, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). These can be ordered through your local bookshop or directly from CUP. Further print materials provide support for both teachers (e.g. Teacher's Guides) and learners (e.g. Independent Learning Manuals). Go to our shop for detailed information on all CLC print materials.


To go with the CLC textbooks there are two types of electronic materials:
Online Activities available free on this web site. These activities are organised Book by Book and Stage by Stage to fit in with the printed textbooks. You will also find here an online dictionary and vocabulary tester.
The CLC E-Learning Resources on DVD funded by the Department for Education and Skills, and produced in conjunction with Granada and CUP, the CLC E-Learning Resources on DVD each provide 1,000 electronic activities, including specially commissioned videos, for CLC Books I and II.

Distance learning

The Cambridge School Classics Project runs distance learning courses in Latin for individuals of any age and for schools that require support with Classical subjects.
If you are an individual who would like to follow a tutored distance learning course in Latin from the University of Cambridge, please visit our Independent Learners area.
If you would like to find out more about setting up Latin classes in a school, even if no Latin specialist teacher is available, please visit our Start up a Latin Class area.

Teacher support

The Teacher support section includes an outline of the pedagogy of the CLC, information on technical requirements for use of this web site, and an image gallery of downloadable CLC line drawings.

The covers of the five books of the Cambridge Latin Course 4th edition