While there is no legal requirement that students must sit public examinations, students deserve the opportunity to have their learning accredited in the statutory curriculum subject of religious education. Accreditation can be through courses leading to qualifications with the title ‘Religious Studies’ and/or other approved courses that require the study of religion and ethics.
Schools should plan for continuity of provision of religious education that is progressive from key stage 3 and rigorous for all students. Schools can make this possible by providing access to discrete courses or units leading to qualifications that meet legal requirements regarding the study of Christianity, and/or other principal religions, and/or other beliefs, world views or philosophies, within the context of a pluralistic society.All courses should provide opportunities within and beyond school for learning that involves first-hand experiences and activities involving people, places and events (for example the local area, places of worship and community activities, public meetings, and places of employment, education, training or recreation).
Schools should provide religious education to every student in accordance with legal requirements.
Religious education is a statutory subject for all registered students except those withdrawn by their parents. This includes students in the school sixth form and it must be made available in sixth-form colleges to students who wish to take it. Pupils over 18 may withdraw from RE. Although it is not a requirement in colleges of further education for those beyond school-leaving age, similar arrangements should apply.