GCSE Religious Education

(Compulsory)

Examination Subject Religious Studies
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board AQA
   

 

KS4 RE – Years 9/10/11

AQA GCSE Religious Studies B

 

This GCSE enables students to focus in depth on the Catholic faith, by looking at beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression within Catholic Christianity.

Students will broaden their understanding of religion by studying the beliefs and practices of another major world faith –  Judaism.

There's also the choice of either studying contemporary ethical issues through Catholic and other religious and non-religious perspectives, or engaging with scripture in depth through the study of St Mark's gospel.

This specification will not only help students understand theological concepts and religious doctrines, but it will also promote and equip students with valuable skills for their future development, such as analytical and critical thinking, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

What's assessed

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

·         creation

·         incarnation

·         the Triune God

·         redemption

·         church

·         eschatology.

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

·         50% of GCSE

What's assessed

Second Religion Students will study is Judaism

and either

two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes chosen from:

Theme A: Religion, relationships and families

Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict

Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice.

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

Questions

·         In each exam series, questions will be set on any four of the topics listed above.

·         Students must answer all the questions.

·         Each topic is marked out of 24 marks.

·         There will be one five-part question per topic of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation.

 

For more information please see Mrs Watson.