The increase in the number of students taking the religious studies A-level indicates the extent to which young people regard faith as an important part of their lives, says the Church of England.

More than 20,100 students will open envelopes for religious studies A-level today, marking a 5.9 per cent increase on last year. Eighty-one per cent of those students will achieve A-C grades.

The number of students opting for the religious studies A-level has grown year-on-year for the last five years.

Nick McKemey, the Church of England’s Head of School Improvement, said the steady increase in the number of students taking religious studies “demonstrates that students appreciate the importance of faith in today’s society.”

“These figures present a significant challenge to those who would present modern society as wholly secular,” he said.

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