Changes to GCSE Religious Studies A

Thursday 23 Nov 2017

We’ve amended the format of question papers for our GCSE Religious Studies A (8062) 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

  • Paper 1 will now be in seven separate question paper and answer booklets (one for each religion). Students will receive two booklets as per their entry code.
  • Paper 2 remains the same

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

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)

SPaG marks will still be awarded for the twelve mark questions, although the SPaG mark will now be out of three marks.

  • Paper 1: marks will be awarded on ‘Beliefs’ and will be three marks per religion (up to a maximum of six for component 1)
  • Paper 2: three marks awarded as the ‘best of four’ for each twelve mark question

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

Question command phrases for five mark questions

The updated sample papers now include the final accredited wording of the command phrases for five mark questions.

For Paper 1, the command will be: ‘Refer to sacred writings or another source of [Christian/Muslim/Jewish/Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist] belief and teaching in your answer’.

For Paper 2, the command will be: ‘Refer to sacred writings or another source of religious belief and teaching in your answer’.