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Cambridge International AS & A Level Biblical Studies helps learners gain a better understanding of the religious writings, history and teachings of Christianity. As a result, they are able to think and argue intelligently about the subject, as well as gaining knowledge of biblical texts and Christian beliefs.
The syllabus covers four core areas:
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have redeveloped and renamed Cambridge International AS Level Divinity (8041) and Cambridge International A Level Divinity (9011) to Cambridge International AS & A Level Biblical Studies (9484) from 2023 onwards.
The last examination series for Cambridge International AS Level Divinity (8041) and Cambridge International A Level Divinity (9011) will be November 2022. There is no carry forward from 8041 and 9011 to the new 9484 syllabus.
From 2023, Cambridge International AS and A Level Biblical Studies (9484) centres in Admin zones 3 and 4 will be able to enter candidates in our June exam series in addition to November. Please see our Guide to making entries in Direct for more information.
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 have consulted teachers and worked with subject experts to review the Cambridge International AS & A Level Divinity (8041/9011) syllabuses. As a result, we have redeveloped the syllabuses under the new name Biblical Studies, retaining the essence of the original subject content, while specifying and contextualising it more, and applying it to some philosophical and ethical questions.
The updated syllabus is for examination from November 2023 onwards. Please see the 2023 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the updated syllabus. These resources will be available from June 2021 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub and include:
Face-to-face and online training will be available. For up-to-date information, visit our Events and training calendar.