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Teens turn to religion for GCSE

RECORD numbers of teenagers in England and Wales are opting for a surprising new choice of subject - religious studies.

Entries for the religious education GCSE exam are 12 times higher than the were in 1997, with 141,500 pupils due to sit it this year.

RE can now be taken as a "short-course" subject, with half the content of full GCSE, which may have boosted its popularity.

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