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Change the way the Eduqas Religious Studies A-Level is assessed

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This address is both on behalf of struggling students and unsupported teachers across the country, 

One-and-three-quarter years into studying the new Religious Studies GCE A-Level provided by Eduqas students and teachers are yet to receive - in most cases - nearly one half of the course material! This is utterly unacceptable considering students will be taking their exam in less than five months time. 

The year two Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam textbooks are still yet to be published one month into 2018. In terms of ethics and philosophy, the year 2 book is yet to be published. Thus, if an institution is studying Judaism and then the required philosphy and ethics side of the course then they are missing two of four books. 

We must also bear in mind that these unpublished books are the only hard copy materials approved by Eduqas for study. In turn, apart from the course specification, teachers have no reliable material to use to follow the specification and teach adequately to their students. 

From personal experience, my tutors have been attempting to piece together material to the best of their ability, making up the missing parts of the textbooks (still educated guessing!). 

However, students and teachers deserve adequate resources to meet the specification with guidance from reliable sources such as textbooks endorsed by the examining board. All schools, teacher and students, are in the dark concerning in some cases nearly half the course. 

In consolation, Eduqas has provided online material to help learners. However, this material is thin and doesn’t cover the whole specification - most of the material is taken from textbooks and adapted for online use and as discovered, we are waiting on many textbooks. 

Further, whilst there was an incredibly quick turnaround in terms of reshuffling the whole A-Level syllabus across all subjects, it is totally unsatisfactory that the minimal resources required to pass the A-Level are not in existance from the start or near start of the course. 

I therefore ask for acknowledgement of this unfair circumstance working against thousands of students and teachers across the UK and that the exam board has some kind of special circumstance recommendation in light of the poor performance of the publishing and Religious Studies team at their own institution.


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