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Religious Education

RE ClassroomAll KS4 pupils take GCSE Religious Studies.

We follow Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies ROUTE B which fully meets the requirements of the Bishops’ Conference. This new specification takes four “big questions” as the focus of each unit of work. These philosophical and ethical starting points allow a study of Catholic beliefs, practices and sources through this lens. This course provides the opportunity for pupils to develop critical thinking skills while reflecting on their own and others’ beliefs and values.

There are three components of the RS GCSE which are examined externally as three written examinations at the end of year 11. There is no coursework requirement. Religious Studies papers are designed to give access to the full range of grades and are not tiered.

Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
37.5% of qualification


Candidates will study two themes:

Theme 1: Origins and Meaning

Learners must

  • consider religious and non-religious beliefs about the origins and value of the universe and human life.
  • make relevant references to scripture, other sources of authority and contrasting scientific and/or nonreligious world-views such as those held by Atheists and Humanists.

Theme 2: Good and Evil

Learners must

  • consider philosophical questions concerning the origins and nature of good and evil and different religious answers to the problem of evil and suffering.
  • make relevant references to scripture and other sources of authority.

Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
37.5% of qualification


Candidates will study two themes.:

Theme 1: Life and Death

Learners must

  • consider religious beliefs about the nature of life and death.
  • make relevant references to scripture and other sources of authority.

Theme 2: Sin and Forgiveness

Learners must

  • consider philosophical questions concerning the nature of criminality and the rationale for punishment.
  • explore, through a study of teachings and beliefs, questions relating to the justifiability of capital punishment.
  • make relevant references to scripture and other sources of authority.

Component 3: Study of a World Faith
Written examination: 1 hour
25% of qualification

Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of

Judaism.

Learners must

  • be aware that Judaism is one of a diverse range of religious and nonreligious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today.
  • know, understand and express common and divergent views and the basis for beliefs, teachings and practices.

Each component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.


KS3 Curriculum

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