We follow Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies (Specification B) the aims of this course are to:
● develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
● develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
● develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
● engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
● reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and will contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community
● demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two religions
● demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith
● understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies
● understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs
● apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
● construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values.
Throughout every lesson pupils are given opportunities to practice past paper questions and are given feedback to help strengthen their responses.
There are two examination papers at the end of the course for 1 hour 45 minutes per paper and pupils must answer all questions.
● 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 vocabulary.