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The syllabus encourages students to appreciate law in real-world situations through an understanding of the main principles of the law of England and Wales. Students develop analysis and problem-solving skills and learn to communicate legal argument.
They study the structure and operation of the English legal system, and law of contract and tort (2020-2022 exams). They study the English legal system, criminal law, and law of contract and tort (2023-2025 exams). This syllabus builds an excellent foundation for further study of Law in higher education and/or a career within the field.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We revise our qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world and reflect current thinking. We have consulted and worked with subject experts who recommended that we updated the topics and introduced English law in a broader context. Teachers told us that some variety of question types would help students’ learning. Following the review, we have updated this syllabus and all the assessment materials for examination from 2023. Please see the 2023-2025 syllabus document for full details on the changes.
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2023 onwards. Please see the 2023-2025 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.
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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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