Topics covered:

Year 7: Ultimate questions, Buddhism, Prophets, Judaism

Year 8: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism

The current specifications studied within KS 4 are: Edexcel examination board. www.edexcel.org.uk

The non examination RE classes follow the Edexcel GCSE units

Non examination classes 

What Will I Study?

Religion and Life

The study of Christian and Non-Religious attitudes:

Matters of Life and Death Assessment: GCSE style questions

Marriage and the family Assessment: GCSE style questions

Community Cohesion Assessment: GCSE questions

Belief in God Assessment: GCSE style questions

Examination course classes

What will I study ?

Full course overview of content and assessment

  • New 9-1 grading scale with 9 being the top level
  • 2 examination papers each 1 hour 45 mins long
  • Equal weighting for each paper- 50% of total mark
  • 100% external assessment – no coursework.
  • Students must study two religions – Christianity and Islam
  • Each paper will focus on ONE religion i.e. you will sit one examination on Christianity and one on Islam.
Key skillsObjectiveWeighting
AO1

Knowledge

Understanding

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief including:

• beliefs, practices and sources of authority.

• influence of individuals, communities and societies.

• similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs

50%
AO2

Evaluation

Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief,

including their significance and influence.

50%

 

Religion and Ethics

Christianity

Religion, Peace and Conflict

Islam

1. Beliefs – Belief in God1. Beliefs – Belief in Allah
2. Marriage and the Family2. Crime and Punishment
3. Living the Christian Life3. Living the Islamic Life
4. Matters of Life and Death4. Peace and Conflict
50% exam (1 hour 45 minutes)50% exam (1 hour 45 minutes)

Each examination paper will consist of four questions . Each question will be split into parts a, b, c and d following the criterai below :

PartTypeMarksKey Skill
aShort answers3AO1
bOpen response4AO1
cOpen response including religious quotes5AO1
dEvaluation12 (+6 SPaG)AO2

Useful websites to support learning include:

http://www.edexcel.com/subjects/Religious-Studies/Pages/UsefulWebsites.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ (This website includes podcasts, message boards and articles on religion as well as highlighting upcoming religion-focused radio and TV programmes.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion (Current articles on religion)

http://www.virtualreligion.net/vri/ (This site is designed to advance research in matters of religion.)

GCSE Booster sessions / homework lunchtime clubs/ Guest speakers to enhance interest and understanding.