Changes to GCSE Religious Studies Short course

Thursday 23 Nov 2017

We’ve amended the format of question papers for our GCSE Religious Studies Short Course so we can allocate religions to specialist examiners.

Moving to a combined question paper and answer booklet format will provide direct guidance for your students on the length of their answers, and will also ensure that no student attempts to answer questions on the wrong religion.

We've also amended the number of marks awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG).

Question paper format

There will now be in five separate question paper and answer booklets. One each for:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Themes

Your students will receive three booklets as per their entry code and they will still complete the questions on topics in the exam session of 1 hour 45 minutes. The instructions on the front cover of the paper will remind them that they must complete all questions from all booklets, and will give guidance on timings.

We’ve updated the sample papers to show you what each paper will look like.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

There will now be three marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar awarded for each religion on the twelve mark questions.

You can find the updated level descriptors in the latest version of the specification.