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Religious Studies KS4

Aims:
  • To develop a passion and interest in religion, philosophy and ethics
  • To develop student knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
  • To challenge students to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt
  • To encourage students to deepen their understanding of the relationship between people
  • To develop student’s ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments.
Content:

During the three year GCSE course students will engage in three main areas of study:

Component 1
Component 2
Component 3
  • Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (50% of qualification)
  1. Issues of Relationships
  2. Issues of Life and Death
  3. Issues of Good and Evil
  4. Issues of Human Rights
  • The study of Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings; Practices (25% of qualification)
  • The study of Buddhism: Beliefs and Teachings; Practices (25% of qualification)

 

Assessment

In years 9 and 10 students will complete regular assessments of GCSE questions and key concepts. In each year there will be a written examination internally marked. In Year 11 students will sit a formal mock examination in late autumn alongside continued regular assessments. The final GCSE examination will be in May/June of year 11

Final Examination
  • Component 1: 2 hour examination – assessment through a series of compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes listed above
  • Component 2: 1 hour examination – assessment through a series of compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of aspects of Christianity
  • Component 3: 1 hour examination – assessment through a series of compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of aspects of Buddhism
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