RE in public examinations

Examinations 2012

GCSE - Full and Short Course

Results in 2012 continued a twelve year trend with an increase in the number of students taking the full course, up 13%, although numbers for the short course fell by 11.8%.  73.4% of students taking the full course Religious Studies achieved A*-C grades.

Religious Studies remains the most popular Short Course GCSE with 54% achieving A*- C grades, almost exactly the same proportion as in 2011.

A 2008 study conducted by the University of Durham, Relative Difficulty of Examinations in Different Subjects, found Religious Studies to be in the middle of the 'hard-soft' scale, similar to English Literature and History.

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A/AS Level

In Religious Studies there is continued growth in student interest. For A Level there were 717 more candidates than the previous year whilst there were 261 fewer for AS Level.

At A Level 79.3% achieved grades A*-C with 5.8% achieving the new A* grade.

At AS Level 67% achieved the same grade band.

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