Why Study GCSE Religious Studies?
The study of GCSE Religious Studies allows pupils to build their knowledge and understanding of both Christianity and Islam alongside vital skills for the next step in their careers. This qualification will allow students to apply a wide range of concepts allowing them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they encounter.
Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, aiding in progression to AS and A level study
What will you study?
We undertake the Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies Specification B: Beliefs in Action. Covering the following units:
Religion, Philosophy and Social
Justice: Christianity (50%)
Section 1 – Christian Beliefs
Section 2 – Religious Experience
Section 3 – Living the Christianity Life
Section 4 – Equality
Religion and Ethics:
Section 1 – Muslim Beliefs
Section 2 – Marriage and the Family
Section 3 – Living the Muslim Life
Section 4 – Matters of Life and Death
Pupils will undertake two exam papers each 1 hour and 45 minutes in length .
Each paper is worth 50% of the final grade respectively.
Paper 1: Religion, Philosophy and Social Justice: Christianity (50%)
Paper 2: Religion and Ethics: Islam (50%)
Pupils are assessed under two headings:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:
Beliefs, practices and sources of authority
Influence on individuals, communities and societies
Similarities and differences within and/or between religions and Beliefs
Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence
Further Education or Potential Career Outcomes
Religious Studies is a broad subject that encompasses many areas of study. As a result the subject benefits students in developing a wide variety of skills both academically and socially. A levels involving philosophy, theology and ethics enjoy a very high status with employers and universities.