Religious Studies

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Type of course:  GCSE Edexcel Religious Studies

How is the course assessed?

100% exam based at the end of year 11. Two exams which are 1 hr 45 mins each and worth equally 50% of the total grade. There are 102 marks to be obtained on each paper.

What topics/ units will you study?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1). Students will study 2 different religions-Christianity and Islam.

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics

Students must study all four content sections

Beliefs

Marriage and the Family

Living the Religious Life

Matters of Life and Death

The assessment consists of four questions.

The paper may include short open, open response and extended writing questions.

The paper will assess spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and use of specialist terminology and these will contribute a minimum of 5% of marks towards the overall weighting for this paper

Paper 2: Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict

Students must study all four content sections

Beliefs

Crime and Punishment

Living the Religious Life

Peace and Conflict

The assessment consists of four questions.

The paper may include short open, open response and extended writing questions.

The paper will assess spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and use of specialist terminology and these will contribute a minimum of 5% of marks towards the overall weighting for this paper.

Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?

The course suits students that like to debate and consider controversial and moral issues that are present in the world today. This course is not about making you religious. It is about making informed choices to prepare you to live cooperatively, showing tolerance and respect for different cultures and communities in a multicultural Britain. If you like arguing, extended writing, researching and critically evaluating the purpose and benefits of religions in our daily lives then RS is for you. You must be able to negotiate, analyse and have strong communication skills.  This course is fantastic for students that have very high literacy skills as 5% on each exam paper is for Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. This course also supports students taking GCSE Citizenship and History.

What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?

A lot of people who have studied GCSE Religious Studies have gone on to study it at A Level. However due to the skills developed in RS and the subject content, students have also chosen to study History, Law, Citizenship, Psychology or Politics at A Level also. As the level of written work and communication is very high for RS students those that have enjoyed this element of it have also studied English Language at A Level. Religious Studies is a very academic subject, however you don’t have to go on to do A Levels. Some students have also gone to College to study Health and Social Care courses, Nursing, Teaching or have found a career in Law and Criminology.  After College some students have chosen to study it at University level by studying Theology or Philosophy at degree level. Others have gone on to become teachers, journalists, politicians, lawyers and counsellors. You could also have a career in law enforcement, counselling and social care from studying GCSE RS.

What trips/ activities will I be involved in?

There will be a trip to Auschwitz, Poland to the Nazi Death Camps from World War II. There will also be guest speaker workshops from key religious leaders and trips to places of worship.

How will this course help you to get a job?

You will develop many skills that are important for any job and in any career, for example the ability to think logically and to be able to critically analyse and evaluate. You will develop high negotiation, debate and communications skills, both written and verbal. You will also develop, research and problem solving skills that all employers are looking for.

Who can I speak to for more information or if you have any questions?

Mrs Simms 2W20 or Miss Harewood 2W21.

What do students who are currently studying this subject think?

Students in year 7 and 8 are really enjoying the new religious studies course at KS3 and we welcome students to choose this as one of their GCSE options.