August 2023 Religious Studies subject update

Wed Aug 16 10:25:00 UTC 2023

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Religious Studies August 2023 subject update!

Hello colleagues,

It's that time of year again when you're mid-way through summer holidays and Results Days are suddenly upon us!  For students, teachers, school staff, parents and carers, this is an incredibly important day and a culmination of countless hours of hard work!  

Within this subject update, I've included a range of useful information and guidance documents to support you with results days. Please do get in touch with me if you have any queries or I can help with anything over this period.  

Best wishes, 

Susan Currey

Religious Studies Subject Advisor 

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If you have any questions, then please do contact me:

☎ Call: 0344 463 2535

✉ Email: TeachingReligiousStudies@pearson.com

💻 Book a Teams meeting with me: https://bit.ly/3rEVLx8

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Results support available for Religious Studies

Getting Ready for Results Day

For further information about results days and post-results services, please read my 'Getting Ready for Results Day' subject update which includes information about:

  • Results day: key dates
  • Results day: results documents
  • Grade boundaries
  • Availability of Summer 2023 Question Papers, Mark Schemes and Examiner Reports
  • ResultsPlus
  • Access to scripts
  • Post-results services
  • Appeals

Getting Ready for Results Day update


Key dates

Date Activity
17 August Results Day for A level
22 August Examiners' reports released (A Level)
24 August Results Day for GCSE and International GCSE
29 August Examiners' reports released (GCSE, International GCSE)
28 September Deadline for Review of marking and moderation (GCSE, A level and International GCSE) 
15 December End of 'Access to Scripts' window

Guidance documents

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This guide is designed for students, parents and carers and provides information about what to expect on results day and where to find further support if needed.

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This short post-results support guide is designed to help you find the information you need to understand and analyse your students’ results, and what you can do if you have any queries about grading or marking.  

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This guide explains the approach all exam boards have taken to grading for summer 2023 exams, explaining the progress of setting grade boundaries and reviewing quality of student work.  

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This guide explains the approach taken to grading, for our international qualifications, for summer 2023 exams, explaining the progress of setting grade boundaries and reviewing quality of student work.  


Multi-factor authentication - Edexcel Online

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We wrote to users in June advising that we have added an additional layer of security to protect centre and learner data.  

In order to access documents and results through Edexcel Online and ResultsPlus over the summer exam period, Edexcel Online users need to set up their Multi-Factor Authentification (MFA) on their accounts.  

To find out more, read my Multi-Factor Authentification update:

Multi-Factor Authentification update


Provide feedback on our summer 2023 exams

If you haven't yet shared your thoughts on our Religious Studies summer 2023 exams, there is still time to share your feedback.  

We're really keen to hear from you about your experience of our exams this summer (A level, GCSE, International GCSE). Working with teachers and students and listening to your experience of our qualifications and assessments plays an important role in helping us to continually develop and improve our qualifications, assessments and support material.

To share your thoughts please complete the qualification survey for the (GCSE/Int GCSE, A level). 

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Thank you to those who have already shared your thoughts with me - your feedback really does help us refine and improve!


Topic of the month

Every month, we release an edition of 'Topic of the Month' with the aim of supporting cultural capital and stimulating discussion within the classroom. 

Each edition ties a current news event to our qualification content and enables students to see the bigger picture of what they are learning and how it relates to the world around them.  Each edition includes a link to an article alongside some key discussion questions to encourage thought around the subject.  

July Topic of the Month

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August Topic of the Month

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Our previous editions can be found on our qualification pages under the 'Topic of the Month' tab.  Our July and August editions are attached directly above.    


Religious Studies CPD events

We are currently finalising the dates for our Religious Studies CPD events for this academic year.  The dates and booking information will be confirmed and published in our September subject update ready for the new academic year.

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