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Cambridge IGCSE Swahili is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their education or career. Through their studies, learners gain an understanding of how to use Swahili effectively in the type of situations that they will encounter in their daily lives in Swahili-speaking environments.
The syllabus focuses on the linked language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Swahili, learners can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.
This syllabus replaces Cambridge O Level Swahili (3162) from 2021 onwards. The last examination series for Cambridge O Level Swahili (3162) will be June 2020.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
From 2021 this syllabus will only be available in administrative zones 3 and 4. Check the administrative zone for your school.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
From 2020, we have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates - learn more.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We are delighted to introduce Cambridge IGCSE Swahili for examination in June 2021 following feedback from our schools.
This new syllabus match the approach and demand of similar language qualifications. It is available as an alternative to Cambridge O Level Swahili that is being withdrawn (the last exam series will be in June 2020).
The updated syllabus is for assessment in June 2021. Please see the 2021 syllabus for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021 syllabus.
Look out for a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2021 syllabus including a scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Learner and Teacher Guides as well as specimen paper answers. These resources will be available from April 2019 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub.