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1 September 2016 This annual update provides advance notification of changes to syllabuses. Please share the relevant pages with subject staff. Contents Teacher support... 3 Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary Cambridge English language and literature... 9 Cambridge mathematics Cambridge science Cambridge languages Cambridge humanities and social sciences Cambridge business, technical and vocational Including: Cambridge Primary Cambridge Secondary 1 Cambridge IGCSE Cambridge O Level Cambridge International AS and A Level Cambridge Pre-U

2 Syllabus changes (UK schools) Changes to the Cambridge Handbook for 2017 Following feedback from Cambridge schools, we are making some changes to our exams officer documents from 2017: 1. We are combining the Cambridge Administrative Guide and the Cambridge Handbook. This means that all our administrative processes and regulations will be detailed in one document, the Cambridge Handbook, and it will be easier for exams officers to find the information they need quickly. 2. The monthly diaries that are currently in the Cambridge Administrative Guide will be available online only as interactive PDFs. This will allow exams officers to navigate between different months and to access online forms and documents directly from the diaries. The Cambridge Handbook for 2017 will be available at and sent to schools in hard-copy in October Keep up to date with the latest new and revised qualifications To help teachers plan ahead, we update the What s new? section of our public website twice a year, in February and September. The update includes information about new and revised qualifications and teacher support services. It s easy to keep up to date with the latest changes: Visit the What s new? section on our website go to You can also keep up to date with changes to syllabuses you teach: Go to to sign-up for notifications of syllabus changes, including new and revised product updates. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 2

3 Teacher support We provide a wide range of support so that you can give your learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. Teaching and learning resources Schemes of work provide teachers with a medium-term plan with ideas on how to deliver the course. Endorsed textbooks produced by leading publishers. We have quality checked these materials to make sure that they match the syllabus well. Resource lists to help support teaching, including textbooks and websites. Professional development Face-to-face training We hold workshops around the world to support teachers in delivering Cambridge syllabuses and developing their skills. Online training We offer self-study and tutor-led online training courses via our virtual learning environment. A wide range of syllabus-specific courses and skills courses is available. We also offer training via video conference and webinars. Qualifications We offer a wide range of practice-based qualifications at Certificate and Diploma level, providing a framework for continuing professional development. Support for teachers Examination preparation resources Past question papers and mark schemes so teachers can give learners the opportunity to practise answering different questions. Example candidate responses to help teachers see the level of performance needed to achieve key grades and understand exactly what examiners are looking for. Principal examiner reports describing learners overall performance on each part of the papers. The reports give insight into common misconceptions shown by learners, which teachers can address in lessons. Learn more Learn more about support available for each syllabus at Visit our online resource bank and community forum at teachers.cie.org.uk Useful links Customer Services Supporting you every step of the way Learn more about Cambridge resources for teaching and learning in your school by downloading our new teacher support brochure at Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 3

4 Contents for Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 Please share the relevant pages with subject staff. Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 English 0844, English as a Second Language Finding your way round Select the relevant subject to learn more about changes highlighted by these icons: New syllabus Revisions to syllabus Change to availability Advance notice of withdrawal Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Publishers endorsed resources Publishers endorsed resources This icon shows new and forthcoming endorsed publishers resources available to support the new or revised syllabus. For a full list of endorsed titles, check the resource lists on our website. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 4

5 Syllabus changes Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 English 0844, 1111 From 2018 Changes to the English Curriculum Frameworks The Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Framework and the Cambridge Secondary 1 English Curriculum Framework have been reorganised for There is no substantive change to the teaching content of the curriculum frameworks. Some of the learning objectives in both curriculum frameworks have been reworded for clarity and detail added. The learning objectives within each Stage are arranged under new headings which have a direct link to new reporting strands and sub-strands for Curriculum framework heading Reading Develop broad reading skills Demonstrate understanding of explicit meaning in texts Demonstrate understanding of implicit meaning in texts Explain, comment on and analyse the way writers use stylistic and other features of language and structure in texts Recognise conventions and evaluate viewpoint, purpose, themes and ideas in texts Writing Develop broad writing skills Select and develop content and use register and language appropriate to genre, purpose and audience Structure and organise ideas coherently using section or paragraphs Use a range of sentence structures and punctuation accurately to convey meaning and create particular effects Use accurate spelling Reporting strand/sub-strand from 2018 Reading n/a Explicit meaning Implicit meaning Language and structure of a text Purpose and viewpoint Writing n/a Content/purpose and audience Text structure and organisation Sentence structure Spelling Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 5

6 Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 English 0844, 1111 (continued) The learning objectives codes have been changed to reflect the reorganisation. A mapping of the new codes for 2018 to the codes up to 2017 is available on the Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 websites. Changes to the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint and Secondary 1 Checkpoint English tests From 2018 there will be two reporting strands Reading and Writing. From 2018 skills which were previously reported as Usage will be reported as either Reading or Writing. The reporting strands and sub-strands used in the Primary Checkpoint and Secondary 1 Checkpoint English statement of achievement and diagnostic reports will enable teachers to link the feedback in the reports to the learning objectives in the curriculum frameworks. The assessment of Reading and Writing will be equally weighted on all the papers, which is in line with our other English assessments. There will be wider sampling of the learning objectives in the curriculum frameworks in the tests from The specimen materials have been revised to reflect the changes for Primary Checkpoint Paper 1 In Section A, the questions will aid the development of reading skills by following the sequence of the text. Questions at the end of Section A will test overall understanding of the two texts on the paper. The rewriting task (Section A: Question 4) will no longer be included in the paper. Feedback from schools suggests this skill is best assessed by the teacher in the classroom in the context of other work. To better align Paper 1 with the reporting strands of Reading and Writing, the skills currently assessed in Section C (Usage) will be assessed in Section A and Section B, in the context of Reading or Writing. Section C will be removed from the paper. Some questions relating to writing will no longer be included in the paper. These are: rewriting a sentence to include a clause (Section C: Question 13b) changing the tense of a sentence (Section C: Question 14a) inserting the passive form of a verb (Section C: Question 14b) correcting a sentence (Section C: Question 15) adding apostrophes to two words (Section C: Question 17) adding missing punctuation (Section C: Question 18). Grammar and punctuation will be assessed in the writing task in Section B. The marks for the Section B writing task will be increased from 20 marks to 25 marks. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 6

7 Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 English 0844, 1111 (continued) Primary Checkpoint Paper 2 In Section A, the questions will aid the development of reading skills by following the sequence of the text. Questions at the end of Section A may test overall understanding of the text. In Section B, the writing task will be 25 marks. Secondary 1 Checkpoint Paper 1 In Section A, the questions will aid the development of reading skills by following the sequence of the text. To align the paper more closely with the reporting strands of Reading and Writing, four questions relating to writing skills in Section A, reported on under the Usage strand, will not be included in the paper after These are: adding missing punctuation to a sentence (Section A: Question 3) rewriting a sentence to include a relative clause (Section A: Question 4) combining three sentences into one complex sentence (Section A: Question 5) completing a sentence using two different forms of the same verb (Section A: Question 6). Grammar and punctuation will be assessed in the writing task in Section B. The writing task will be 25 marks. The word count of the summary task in Section A has been reduced to 30 words. Secondary 1 Checkpoint Paper 2 In Section A, the questions will aid the development of reading skills by following the sequence of the text. Questions at the end of Section A may test overall understanding of the text. In Section B, the writing task will be 25 marks. Changes to the Cambridge Primary and Secondary 1 Progression Tests The Progression Tests are being revised to support the changes in reporting. Centres will be notified when revised versions are available. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 7

8 Cambridge Primary English as a Second Language 0837 From 2017 This new syllabus is available for first assessment in April There will be three papers: Paper 1 Reading and Usage, 40 minutes Paper 2 Writing, 40 minutes Paper 3 Listening, approximately 25 minutes New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 8

9 Contents for Cambridge English language and literature Please share the relevant pages with subject staff. Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language English as a Second Language (9 1) English as a Second Language (9 1) English Literature First Language English First Language English (9 1) First Language English (9 1) First Language English Literature (English) World Literature Cambridge O Level English Language Literature in English Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language Language and Literature in English Literature in English Finding your way round Select the relevant subject to learn more about changes highlighted by these icons: New syllabus Revisions to syllabus Change to availability Advance notice of withdrawal Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Publishers endorsed resources Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject Literature in English Publishers endorsed resources This icon shows new and forthcoming endorsed publishers resources available to support the new or revised syllabus. For a full list of endorsed titles, check the resource lists on our website. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 9

10 Syllabus changes Cambridge IGCSE Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0510 (speaking endorsement) From March 2017 The latest syllabus is version 3, published September In addition to the June and the November examination series, this syllabus is also available for examination in March for India only. Listening test duration The approximate timings of the Listening test have been updated to reflect more accurately for Centres the complete time for the test, which may assist in room timetabling. The duration of Paper 3 has been updated to Approximately 40 minutes. The duration of Paper 4 has been updated to Approximately 50 minutes. The amount and demand of the Spoken text in the test is unchanged. Listening test transcripts From 2017 onwards Listening transcripts for Components 3 and 4 will be published separately from the mark scheme. From March 2019 The syllabus has been revised. The latest syllabus is version 1, published September Teachers are strongly advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. information Candidates who achieve grade C overall, with grade 2 in Speaking, in Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0510 (speaking endorsement) can be considered to be at a level equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Grade descriptions have been updated. The syllabus assessment objectives (AOs) have been updated. The wording of the AOs has been revised to make it clearer. The newly worded AOs test the same knowledge and skills. The weighting of the components is unchanged. Changes to assessment Component 6, Speaking coursework, will be discontinued from From 2019, all candidates will take Component 5. Component 5, the Speaking test, is unchanged. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 10

11 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0510 (speaking endorsement) (continued) Changes to assessment (continued) One exercise (3) has been removed from Components 1 and 2, and the number of marks has changed for both papers: Component 1 (Core): 6 exercises, 60 marks. Component 2 (Extended): 6 exercises, 80 marks. Tasks in Components 1 and 2 (Reading and Writing) have been updated: exercise 1 has been removed, exercise 2 will now be exercise 1 but without the chart question exercise 2 will be a multiple matching task exercise 3 has been removed. The note-making exercise (currently exercise 4) will become exercise 3 exercise 4 will be summary writing with a source text printed in the paper exercise 5 has no changes for exercise 6 there will be a greater variety of text types candidates are asked to write. The text may be a report, or review or article. Marks for Components 1 and 2 have been updated to match the changes to the type of exercise. There are no changes to marks for Component 3 and Component 4 (Listening). The only change to Components 3 and 4 will be the introduction of mild Australian/US accents. The mark schemes for all components have an updated format. For Components 1 and 2, the levels for the writing exercises have been updated to make the progression clearer. content The syllabus content has been slightly updated and refreshed to reflect the updated AOs, and to provide more variety to some exercises and source material. The specimen materials have been revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and the syllabus content. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 11

12 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0510 (speaking endorsement) (continued) Publishers endorsed resources Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student's Book (Second Edition) Collins Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher Guide (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student Workbook (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Revision Guide (Second Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Student's Book (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Workbook (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Teacher's Guide and CD (Fourth Edition) Skills Check Online Solution for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Coursebook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Workbook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher's Guide and DVD (Fifth Edition) Collins Collins Collins Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 12

13 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 (count-in speaking) From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 3, published September Listening test duration The approximate timings of the Listening test have been updated to reflect more accurately for Centres the complete time for the test, which may assist in room timetabling. The duration of Paper 3 has been updated to Approximately 40 minutes. The duration of Paper 4 has been updated to Approximately 50 minutes. The amount and demand of the Spoken text in the test is unchanged. Listening test transcripts From 2017 onwards Listening transcripts for Components 3 and 4 will be published separately from the mark scheme. From June 2019 The syllabus has been updated. The latest syllabus is version 1, published September Teachers are strongly advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. Change to syllabus availability information This syllabus is examined in the June and November examination series. There was an error in an earlier syllabus concerning the March examination series in India: 0511 will NOT be available in India from March [Only 0510 is offered in India only from March 2017 onwards.] Candidates who achieve grade C overall in Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 (count-in speaking) can be considered to be at a level equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Grade descriptions have been updated. The syllabus assessment objectives (AOs) have been updated. The wording of the AOs has been revised to make it clearer. The newly worded AOs test the same skills and knowledge. The weighting of the components has changed slightly. There are changes to the AO weightings in the syllabus to make them more balanced. Changes to assessment Component 6, Speaking coursework, will be discontinued from From 2019, all candidates will take Component 5. Component 5, the Speaking test, is unchanged. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 13

14 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 (count-in speaking) (continued) Changes to assessment (continued) The weighting of the components has changed to: Reading and Writing 60% Listening 20% Speaking 20% One exercise (3) has been removed from Components 1 and 2, and the number of marks has changed for both papers: Component 1 (Core): 6 exercises, 60 marks. Component 2 (Extended): 6 exercises, 80 marks. Tasks in Components 1 and 2 (Reading and Writing) have been updated: exercise 1 has been removed, exercise 2 will now be exercise 1 (but without the chart question) exercise 2 will be a multiple matching task exercise 3 has been removed. The note-making exercise (currently exercise 4) will become exercise 3 exercise 4 will be summary writing with a source text printed in the paper exercise 5 has no changes for exercise 6 there will be a greater variety of text types candidates are asked to write. The text may be a report, or review or article. Marks for Components 1 and 2 have been updated to match the changes to the type of exercise. There are no changes to marks for Component 3 and Component 4 (Listening). The only change to Components 3 and 4 will be the introduction of mild Australian/US accents. The mark schemes for all components have an updated format. For Components 1 and 2, the levels for the writing exercises have been updated to make the progression clearer. content The syllabus content has been slightly updated and refreshed to reflect the updated AOs, and to provide more variety to some exercises and source material. The specimen materials have been revised to reflect the changes to the assessment and the syllabus content. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 14

15 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 0511 (count-in speaking) (continued) Publishers endorsed resources Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student's Book (Second Edition) Collins Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher Guide (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student Workbook (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Revision Guide (Second Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Student's Book (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Workbook (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Teacher's Guide and CD (Fourth Edition) Skills Check Online Solution for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Coursebook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Workbook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher's Guide and DVD (Fifth Edition) Collins Collins Collins Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 15

16 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) English as a Second Language 0991 This syllabus is available for the UK only. From June 2019 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September This syllabus is available for the UK only. This syllabus is identical to the 0511 IGCSE English as a Second Language syllabus except for the grading. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. In addition to reading the syllabus carefully, teachers should refer to the published specimen papers for exemplification, available on our public website at You can learn more about this revised syllabus at Candidates who achieve grade 4 in Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) English as a Second Language 0991 can be considered to be at a level equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Changes to grading and reporting Candidate results will be shown by one of the grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 indicating the standard achieved, 9 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Ungraded indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for grade 1. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 16

17 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) English as a Second Language 0991 (continued) This syllabus is available for the UK only. Publishers endorsed resources Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student's Book (Second Edition) Collins Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher Guide (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Student Workbook (Second Edition) Collins Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Revision Guide (Second Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Student's Book (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Workbook (Fourth Edition) Success International Extended English Skills for Cambridge IGCSE Teacher's Guide and CD (Fourth Edition) Skills Check Online Solution for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Coursebook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Workbook (Fifth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Teacher's Guide and DVD (Fifth Edition) Collins Collins Collins Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 17

18 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) English Literature 0477 This syllabus is available for the UK only. From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 2, published September This syllabus is available for the UK only. This document has a new design. The subject content and the specimen papers remain the same. Minor changes to the wording of some sections have been made to improve clarity. This syllabus has been revised from the 0486 IGCSE Literature (English) syllabus. There are significant changes and these are outlined below. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. Change to syllabus code 0477 is the regulated syllabus for examination from 2017 onwards IGCSE Literature (English) is only regulated for examination in Changes to grading and reporting 0486 will still be available to international Centres and independent schools in the UK from 2017 onwards. Candidate results will be shown by one of the grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 indicating the standard achieved, 9 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Ungraded indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for grade 1. content Changes to assessment The syllabus sections have all been updated. The syllabus aims have been updated to reflect differences between 0486 and Candidates will be required to study a novel, a wide selection of poetry, a Shakespeare play and modern drama, and be prepared to write a comparison of two unseen texts. The set texts are listed for 2017 to The assessment objectives have been updated and the assessment structure revised. This qualification will be graded using a numerical grading scale of 9 1. The qualification comprises three compulsory components which are assessed by examination only. Paper 1: Poetry and Prose is worth 35% of the total marks for the qualification. Paper 2: Drama is worth 35% of the total marks for the qualification. Paper 3: Unseen Comparison is worth 30% of the total marks for the qualification. In Paper 1 candidates answer two questions, one from Section A: Poetry and one from Section B: Prose. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 18

19 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) English Literature 0477 (continued) This syllabus is available for the UK only. Changes to assessment (continued) In Paper 2 candidates answer two questions, one on Shakespeare and the other on modern drama. In Paper 2 candidates must answer one passage-based question and one essay question. In Paper 3 candidates answer one question. The skill of comparison has been introduced to the qualification and will be assessed in Paper 3. This task requires candidates to compare two unseen texts. Candidates will be presented with a choice of either two poems to compare or two prose texts to compare. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) will be assessed in Paper 3 and will be worth 5% of the total marks for the qualification. A new assessment objective (AO5) has been introduced for the assessment of SPaG in Paper 3 only. This syllabus covers three years of assessment. Set texts lists are provided for each year of entry, and the duration that a text will remain on the syllabus is indicated by asterisks in the syllabus. In addition to reading the syllabus carefully, teachers should refer to the published specimen papers for exemplification, available on our public website at You can learn more about this revised syllabus at Regulation Performance tables This syllabus has been regulated in England by Ofqual for 2017, 2018 and The Qualification Number is 601/5295/3. To access the latest information regarding performance tables Centres should consult the Department for Education website Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500 From March 2017 The latest syllabus is version 1, published February From 2017 this syllabus will be published in its own syllabus document and not with the version of the syllabus that is regulated in England (0627, formerly 0522). From March 2019 We regularly consult with schools to ensure our qualifications and assessments meet their requirements. We have decided to extend our consultation period for Cambridge IGCSE English First Language As a consequence, we expect to publish the syllabus for 2019 examination, together with specimen papers and mark schemes, in early December Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 19

20 Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0522 From 2017 June 2017 is the final examination series for syllabus This syllabus is being offered in the June 2017 series as a re-sit opportunity only. It is available in the UK and intended only for candidates that are aged 16 or above on 31 August This syllabus will not be offered again and there will be no further re-sit opportunities. From 2017 this syllabus is being replaced by a new syllabus that is regulated in England: code Performance tables To access the latest information regarding performance tables Centres should consult the Department for Education website Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) First Language English 0627 This syllabus is available for the UK only. From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 2, published September This document has a new design. The subject content and the specimen papers remain the same. Minor changes to the wording of some sections have been made to improve clarity. This syllabus is available for the UK only. This syllabus has been revised from the 0522 IGCSE First Language English syllabus. There are significant changes and these are outlined below. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. Change to syllabus code Changes to grading and reporting 0627 is the regulated syllabus for examination from 2017 onwards. Candidate results will be shown by one of the grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 indicating the standard achieved, 9 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Ungraded indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for grade 1. Changes to Speaking and Listening reporting The Speaking and Listening Test will be separately endorsed and reported on the certificate as Pass, Merit or Distinction. content The syllabus sections have all been updated. The syllabus aims have been updated to reflect differences between 0522 and We expect to provide grade descriptions in an update to this syllabus in due course. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 20

21 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) First Language English 0627 (continued) This syllabus is available for the UK only. Changes to assessment We expect to provide grade descriptions in an update to this syllabus in due course. The assessment objectives have been updated. Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be graded using a numerical grading scale of 9 1. The Speaking and Listening Test will be graded using Distinction, Merit and Pass. The assessment structure has been revised. There are now three components: Paper 1, Paper 2 and Component 3 Speaking and Listening Test. There are no core and extended papers. All papers are untiered. There are no coursework options. Paper 1 Reading Passages has been revised. It is 2 hours 10 minutes, has 80 marks and is worth 50% of the total marks. There are three unseen passages and these are taken from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Paper 1, Question 1, Comprehension, is based on Passage A. Passage A will be up to 600 words long and will be from the 19th century. The question is worth 30 marks. Candidates are required to respond to a series of sub-questions requiring answers of different lengths. Paper 1, Question 2, Summary, is based on Passage B. Passage B will be up to 550 words long and will be from the 20th or 21st century. The question is worth 25 marks. Candidates are required to respond in a specified text type to one extended question. Candidates are advised that their response should be no longer than 250 words. Paper 1, Question 3, Comprehension and comparison, is based on Passage B and Passage C. Passage C will be up to 550 words long, and will be thematically linked to Passage B. Passage C will be from the 20th or 21st century, and will be from a different century to Passage B. The question is worth 25 marks. Candidates are required to respond to a series of sub-questions requiring answers of different lengths. Paper 2 Directed Writing and Composition has been revised. It is 2 hours, has 80 marks and is worth 50% of the total marks. There are two unseen passages. Paper 2, Section 1, Directed Writing, is based on Passage A and Passage B. Passage A and Passage B will be a combined total of up to 950 words long, and will be thematically linked. Passage A and Passage B may be taken from either the 20th or 21st century, and could be from the same century. The question is worth 40 marks. Paper 2, Section 2, Composition, is now worth 40 marks. Component 3 Speaking and Listening Test has been revised and is now separately endorsed. The Speaking and Listening Test is now approximately 8 10 minutes long, with each part taking approximately 4 5 minutes. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 21

22 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) First Language English 0627 (continued) This syllabus is available for the UK only. Changes to assessment (continued) Part 2 of the Speaking and Listening Test is now called Questions. The band descriptors have been revised. See Section 4, Component 3 Speaking and Listening Test, Table A and Table B in the syllabus. The section Additional information for Component 3 has been removed from the syllabus and teachers must refer to the relevant sections of the Cambridge Handbook (UK), available at The Speaking and Listening grades will be reported as Pass, Merit and Distinction. In addition to reading the syllabus carefully, teachers should refer to the published specimen papers for exemplification, available on our public website at You can learn more about this revised syllabus at Regulation Performance tables Speaking and Listening This syllabus has been regulated in England by Ofqual for 2017, 2018 and The Qualification Number is 601/5296/5. To access the latest information regarding performance tables Centres should consult the Department for Education website Grading and reporting Centres should be aware that the Speaking and Listening Test for the IGCSE (9 1) First Language English (0627) will be reported separately as an endorsed grade on the certificate. Candidates who satisfy the conditions for the Speaking and Listening Test will be awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. Unclassified indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for a Pass endorsement grade. Unclassified will be reported on the statement of results but not on the certificate. The letters Q (result pending) and X (no result) may also appear on the statement of results but not on the certificate. Band descriptors The band descriptors remain unchanged. Grade thresholds will be decided for each examination series based on available evidence. Cue cards The cue card and (if used) illustrative material must be retained by Centres until six months after publication of results. The cue card and (if used) illustrative material must be labelled with the candidate s name and number. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 22

23 Cambridge IGCSE (9 1) First Language English 0990 This syllabus is available for the UK only. From June 2019 We expect to publish the syllabus for 2019 examination, together with specimen papers and mark schemes, in early December This syllabus is available for the UK only. This syllabus is identical to the 0500 IGCSE First Language English syllabus except for the grading. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. Changes to grading and reporting Candidate results will be shown by one of the grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 indicating the standard achieved, 9 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Ungraded indicates that the candidate s performance fell short of the standard required for grade 1. Publishers endorsed resources Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Coursebook (Fourth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Workbook (Fourth Edition) Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Teacher s Resource (Fourth Edition) Complete First Language English for Cambridge IGCSE Complete First Language English for Cambridge IGCSE Workbook Cambridge IGCSE English Revised Edition First Language English for Cambridge IGCSE Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Third Edition Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge Oxford University Press Oxford University Press Collins Oxford University Press Hodder Education Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 23

24 Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0486 From 2017 The latest syllabus is version 1, published February This syllabus has been updated. Some of the changes are significant. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. In addition, teachers are advised to refer to the published specimen assessment materials on our public website at Assessment Objective 1 (AO1) has the following wording added: supported by reference to the text. The list of set texts for the syllabus has been updated and the number of poems candidates are required to study has increased from 14 to 15 for each collection. The terminology has been changed to refer to coursework as Centre-based assessment rather than school-based assessment. In Component 5: Coursework, the band descriptors have been updated to further clarify the assessment criteria for an empathic response. The bands have also been inverted (highest: Band 8; lowest: Band 0). There are some changes to the format of the mark schemes for Components 1 to 4. The band descriptors have changed and the bands have been inverted (highest: Band 8; lowest: Band 0). New specimen mark schemes for examination from 2017 are available on our public website at The specimen question papers for examination from 2015 for Components 1 to 4 are still applicable for examinations from (Note: texts used in the specimen question papers for examination from 2015 are for general illustrative purposes; see the syllabus for details of the set texts for 2017.) Please note that syllabus 0486 is not regulated from For first examination in 2017, a separate syllabus 0477 is regulated in England. Performance tables To access the latest information regarding performance tables Centres should consult the Department for Education website New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 24

25 Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0486 (continued) From 2019 The latest syllabus is version 2, published September Publishers endorsed resources This document has a new design. The subject content and the specimen papers remain the same. Minor changes to the wording of some sections have been made to improve clarity. Changes to set texts: The set texts have changed for Please see Section 4 of this syllabus for the set texts for Any textbooks endorsed to support the syllabus for examination from 2015 are still suitable for use with this syllabus. Cambridge IGCSE World Literature 0408 From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 2, published June Paper 3: There are changes to set texts in 2017, 2018 and Full details are provided in the syllabus. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 25

26 Syllabus changes (UK schools) Cambridge O Level Cambridge O Level English Language 1123 From June 2018 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September This syllabus has been revised. Some changes are significant and these are outlined below. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus before planning their teaching programme. content Changes to question papers The syllabus sections have been updated. The wording of the assessment objectives (AOs) has been revised to make it more concise. (The reworded AOs test the same knowledge and skills of English Language and continue to be grouped as AO1 Reading and AO2 Writing.) The description of components has been updated to reflect changes to the papers. Paper 1 Writing Section 1 Directed Writing: the rubric on the question paper has been amended to show how marks are awarded 15 marks for task fulfilment and 15 marks for language. Section 2 has been renamed Composition (previously named Creative Writing). The number of marks for this task is unchanged at 30 marks. There will continue to be a choice of 5 essay questions. These will be grouped as: Description 1 Argument 2 Narrative 2 The single-word essay option has been removed. Paper 2 Reading Section 1 Reading for Ideas (25 marks): The summary task has been updated as follows: Q1a: 12 marks for content points Q1b: 10 marks for the written summary (for relevance and for coherence) candidates write a summary of approximately words 3 marks for short-answer questions. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 26

27 Cambridge O Level English Language 1123 (continued) Changes to question papers (continued) Section 2 Reading for Meaning (25 marks): Tasks have been updated in this paper, including: where questions require a paraphrase of a section of the text ( own words questions), the section of the text to be paraphrased will be given in the question the introduction of multiple choice style questions for vocabulary separate section for questions on writer s craft. Please see the published specimen papers for reference. The mark schemes have been amended to reflect the changes to the question papers. Please see the published mark schemes for reference. In addition to reading the syllabus carefully, teachers should refer to the published specimen papers for exemplification of these changes, available on our public website at Publishers endorsed resources Cambridge O Level English Student Book Cambridge O Level English Language Oxford Progressive English Book 9 (Third Edition) Oxford Progressive English Book 10 (Third Edition) Cambridge Hodder Education Oxford University Press, Pakistan Oxford University Press, Pakistan Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 27

28 Cambridge O Level Literature in English 2010 From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 1, published February This syllabus has been updated. Some of the changes are significant. Teachers are advised to read the whole syllabus and to refer to the published specimen assessment materials before planning their teaching programme. content The list of set texts for the syllabus has been updated and the number of poems candidates are required to study has increased from 14 to 15 for each collection. There are some changes to the format of the mark schemes for Components 1 and 2. The band descriptors have changed and the bands have been inverted (highest: Band 8; lowest: Band 0). New specimen mark schemes for examination from 2017 are available on our public website at The specimen question papers for examination from 2015 for Components 1 and 2 are still applicable for examinations from (Note: texts used in the specimen question papers for examination from 2015 are for general illustrative purposes; see the syllabus for details of the set texts for 2017.) New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 28

29 Cambridge International AS and A Level Cambridge International AS and A Level English Language 9093 In 2017 and 2018 The latest syllabus is version 4, published June From March 2019 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September Cambridge International AS Level Language and Literature in English 8695 In 2017 and 2018 The latest syllabus is version 4, published June From June 2019 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September Cambridge International AS and A Level Literature in English 9695 In 2017 and 2018 The latest syllabus is version 4, published June From June 2019 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 29

30 Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects Cambridge International Level 3 Pre-U Certificate Literature in English (Principal) 9765 From June 2019 The latest syllabus is version 1, published September content Pages 14 22, the set texts for 2019, 2020 and 2021 have been updated. The specimen materials have been updated. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 30

31 Contents for Cambridge mathematics Please share the relevant pages with subject staff. Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics Mathematics (9 1) Mathematics Additional Mathematics Cambridge O Level Mathematics (Syllabus D) Additional Mathematics Statistics Cambridge International AS and A Level Mathematics Further Mathematics Cambridge Pre-U Short Courses Mathematics Further Mathematics Finding your way round Select the relevant subject to learn more about changes highlighted by these icons: New syllabus Revisions to syllabus Change to availability Advance notice of withdrawal Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Publishers endorsed resources Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects Mathematics Further Mathematics Publishers endorsed resources This icon shows new and forthcoming endorsed publishers resources available to support the new or revised syllabus. For a full list of endorsed titles, check the resource lists on our website. Learn more! For more information please visit or contact Customer Services on or 31

32 Syllabus changes Cambridge IGCSE Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics 0607 From June 2017 The latest syllabus is version 1, published February From June 2018 Paper 6 will remain in two sections, Section A Investigation and Section B Modelling. However, the numbering of questions will be continuous throughout the paper, rather than each section starting with question 1. A revised specimen paper can be found on Teacher Support. New syllabus Change to availability Regulated by Ofqual (UK only) Revisions to syllabus Advance notice of withdrawal Publishers endorsed resources 32

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