Summer 2023: content and assessment arrangements
This update concerns the content and assessment arrangements for GCSE Religious Studies, International GCSE Religious Studies and A level Religious Studies in Summer 2023.
Earlier this year the Department for Education announced the return to full subject content and assessment coverage for subjects such as Religious Studies in Summer 2023.
What this means for all Edexcel Religious Studies qualifications
In Summer 2022 Religious Studies students were provided with Advance Information, identifying the major focus of the exams which students could use to help focus their revision.
In Summer 2023 the Department for Education have stated that their “intention is to return to the carefully designed and well-established pre-pandemic assessment arrangements as quickly as possible, given they are the best and fairest way of assessing what students know and can do.”
Teachers should therefore plan and work on the basis that Summer 2023 will be a normal exam series with no Advance Information, however the DfE and Ofqual stated that they will “continue to monitor the path and impact of the pandemic and evaluate the delivery of arrangements this year, including the provision of exam aids, such as formulae sheets, and advance information to support students’ revision, before finalising 2023 arrangements.”
We will update teachers if we receive any further updates from the DfE and Ofqual on Summer 2023.