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Cambridge International AS and A Level Classical Studies provides learners with an understanding of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, and an appreciation of the diversity of the Classical world.
The syllabus exposes learners to a range of original sources (textual, material, archaeological) and develops their abilities to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of evidence. The syllabus is flexible and wide-ranging, allowing teachers to build a course that reflects their learners' interests and staff specialisms.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
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.
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 revise qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world and that they are up-to-date with current thinking. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials. These changes are for examination in 2022-2024.
Although the number of papers, duration and total marks remain unchanged, we have simplified the assessment model.
The updated syllabus will be assessed in the November exam series. Please see the 2022-2024 syllabus above for full details.
A Resource List is available on our School Support Hub to help you teach the updated 2022-2024 syllabus.