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The Islamic Studies syllabus enables learners to gain a better understanding of the religious writings, history and current affairs of Islam. As a result, they are able to think and argue intelligently about the subject.
The syllabus is broad and ranges from the beginnings of Islam to the variety of beliefs and practices of Islam and the basis of Islamic law. Learners develop knowledge about aspects of the rich Islamic heritage and reflect on the role played by Islam today.
This syllabus replaces and from 2021 onwards. The last examination series for Cambridge International AS Level Islamic Studies (8053) and Cambridge International A Level Islamic Studies (9013) will be November 2020.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
To make sure this syllabus meets the needs of our schools, and reflects current educational and assessment thinking, we have worked with teachers, subject expert panels and universities around the world to update this qualification.
This is the first development since we launched this course and we have made some significant changes in line with the feedback we received.
The updated syllabus is for examination in November 2021, 2022 and 2023. Please see the 2021-2023 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021-2023 syllabus.
Look out for a list of suggested resources to help you deliver the course, available from April 2019 onwards through our School Support Hub.
We are withdrawing Cambridge International AS & A Level Islamic Studies (9488) from the November exam series. This syllabus has previously used the codes 8053 and 9013. The last November exam series will be in 2023. From 2024, we will only offer this syllabus in the June exam series within administrative zones 3 and 4. Check the administrative zones for your school. We communicated this series withdrawal decision to schools in June 2021.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
Publication of grade descriptions was paused in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the grading standard that have been in place for 2020, 2021 and 2022. We are currently working on producing these grade descriptions. This work will make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the more stable grading standard that we expect to have in place for June 2023 onwards.
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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