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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.
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.
For some subjects, we publish grade descriptions to help understand the level of performance candidates’ grades represent.
We paused the publication of grade descriptions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the awarding standard in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
As the awarding standard has now returned to the pre-pandemic standard, we are working to produce up-to-date grade descriptions for most of our general qualifications. These will be based on the awarding standards in place from June 2023 onwards.
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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