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In January 2008, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK began classes for students wishing to obtain the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Hinduism. The Edexcel-accredited course comprises two units – Unit 13 on key theories within Hinduism, and Unit 6 on the application and practise of Hinduism today.

For the academic year of 2012/13, the BAPS Swaminarayan School’s cohort produced another set of outstanding results. Once again, they ensured a 100% success rate in the GCSE as well as at the higher A Level.

A Level Hinduism courses have been running for the past four years and many former pupils have turned to helping teach the course themselves. Many of the results below are the direct result of ‘former-pupil-turned-assistant-teacher’ efforts.

This year, the Religious Studies course had over 20,000 students sitting the exam across the country, with only 11% achieving an A* grade. In comparison, 77% of students of the BAPS Swaminarayan School secured an A* [Source: Joint Council for Qualifications].


Grade GCSE  AS Level  A2 Level
A* 17 - 1
A 2 3 1
B 2 3 2
C 1 1 0
D 0 0 0
Total 22 7 4


Hemchandra Dodhia, one of the lead BAPS volunteers facilitating the courses, remarked: “Another exceptional set of results may make it seem like the exam is easy, but I must stress its difficulty, as well as the fact that the students are sitting the exam two years before they would in their day schools. We really must congratulate all the students on their achievements and say a big thank you to all the parents for their loving support and to the dedicated team of teachers who have made it all possible.”

Special commendations should be noted for Bhavisa Patel, Radhika Patel, Preena Patel, Murti Patel, Puja-Arti Patel, Priyanka Oza, Priyanka Patel, Krishma Pujara, Darshana Patel, Karan Patel and Vatsal Patel who achieved 100% in the GCSE, and Nikita Odedra who achieved 100% in the A Level. 



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