Replacement of Cambridge IGCSE Literature (Spanish) 0488

Dear Colleague

We regularly review and develop our qualifications to make sure they continue to meet the needs of students and schools.

Our review of Cambridge IGCSE Literature (Spanish) 0488 included feedback from our schools around the world. We have decided to:
  • discontinue the Coursework component, which only a few schools choose to enter
  • move the assessment of poetry set texts to Paper 2, together with the Unseen passage.
  • make Paper 1 and Paper 2 equally weighted, with equal marks
  • change the title from IGCSE Literature (Spanish) to Literature in Spanish. This brings the title in line with other literature qualifications at the same level.
As a result, we are withdrawing Cambridge IGCSE Literature (Spanish) 0488 and will replace it with the new Cambridge IGCSE Literature in Spanish 0474 syllabus.

Please be aware of the following dates:
  • September 2022: We will publish our new Cambridge IGCSE Literature in Spanish 0474 syllabus on our public website and the School Support Hub.
  • November 2024: Last assessment of Cambridge IGCSE Literature (Spanish) 0488. The last assessment of coursework will be November 2024. There will be no opportunity to carry forward coursework marks from 0488 to 0474.
  • June 2025: First assessment of the new Cambridge IGCSE Literature in Spanish 0474 syllabus.

We hope this advance notice gives you the time you need to plan the transition to the new syllabus. 

If you are a Cambridge Associate, please share this communication with your centres that make entries for this syllabus.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact us at

We look forward to a continuing and successful working relationship with you and your school.

Best wishes
Customer Services Team
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