Hundreds more opt for Religious Studies at A-level in 2021

The number of Religious Studies A-level exam entries has increased 6.1 percent year on year. The subject outperformed other A-level subjects as a whole, which increased by 5.1 percent, with a greater increase than most other humanities subjects.

16,645 RS A-level entries were recorded in England and Wales this year, compared with 15,690 in 2020. Geography and History saw increases of 16.5 percent and 1.5 percent respectively. The overall number of A-Level entries in England and Wales increased this year by 5.1 percent from 750,173 in 2020 to 788,421 in 2021.

The Religious Studies results reverse the decline of 11.5% in 2020, where many other subjects saw significant falls in the number of entries, including Geography (down 16.2%) and History (down 15.1%). Last year’s reduction reflected a smaller cohort of 18-year-olds and changes to the assessment of A level and AS examinations that had an effect in 2018, when the majority of schools changed their policies to recommending three A-levels, versus four in previous years.

Katie Freeman, Chair, National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), said:

“Many congratulations to all those students receiving their A-level Religious Studies results today. Although once again the method of grade assessments has been affected by the unusual circumstances, the true value of today’s results will be reflected in the knowledge, understanding, and skills that pupils take with them in future life."

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