Consultation outcome

GCSE, AS and A level reform: regulations for religious studies

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GCSE, AS and A Level Religious Studies: Decisions on Conditions and Guidance

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Analysis of Responses to our Consultation on Conditions and Guidance for GCSE, AS and A Level Religious Studies

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Detail of outcome

We have decided to adopt our proposed rules and guidance for reformed GCSEs, AS qualifications and A levels in religious studies, with minor drafting changes to clarify some of our expectations.

We have now published final versions of our:

GCSE religious studies

Our new rules will require reformed GCSEs in religious studies to:

  • comply with the Department for Education’s subject content for religious studies, and our assessment objectives

Our guidance explains:

  • how awarding organisations should take all reasonable steps to ensure the comparability of the different optional routes in GCSE religious studies, and
  • how to interpret our assessment objectives

AS and A level religious studies

Our new rules will require reformed AS and A levels in religious studies to:

  • comply with the Department for Education’s subject content for religious studies, and our assessment objectives

Our guidance explains:

  • how awarding organisations should take all reasonable steps to ensure the comparability of the different optional routes in AS and A levels in religious studies, and
  • how to interpret our assessment objectives

Original consultation

Summary

This consultation is about the rules and guidance we need to put in place for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in religious studies.

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Consultation description

This consultation is about the rules and guidance we plan to put in place for new GCSEs, AS and A levels in religious studies. These rules will apply to the exam boards that want to offer new religious studies GCSEs, AS and A levels from September 2016.

This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing new GCSE, A level and AS qualifications for first teaching in 2016’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.

Documents

GCSE, AS and A Level Religious Studies: Consultation on Conditions and Guidance

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Published 20 March 2015
Last updated 31 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Decisions and analysis documents published.
  2. First published.