Religious Studies (KS4)

Examination Board: AQA

Course Description:

The course is made of two components.

Component One: The study of Christianity and Islam with a focus on Beliefs and Teachings and Practices

Component Two: The study of FOUR themes from philosophy and ethics in the modern world.

  • Religion and relationships
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment

Assessment:

Exam 1: Beliefs, teachings and Practices (Worth 50% of the qualification).

Each of the two religions chosen is examined by TWO 5-part compulsory questions. Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes – 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, grammar and specialist terminology).

Exam 2: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world (Worth 50% of the qualification).

Each of the four themes chosen is examined by one five-part compulsory question. Four questions in total Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes – 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, grammar and specialist terminology).

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Recall, select and organise knowledge.
  • Describe and explain the relevance and application of religious and non-religious attitudes.
  • Evaluate different responses to religious, Philosophical and ethical issues.

 Why Study Religious Studies?

Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.

Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

For further information on Religious Studies can be obtained from Ms Winnie Oluoch, Head of Department Religious Studies.