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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 1 year
Code SKGCRS
Awarding Body AQA
Level GCSE
Start Date Various

Course overview

This GCSE is available in Pathway 3 only.

Our one-year Religious Studies GCSE gives a flexible approach to learning.  The course is divided into topics giving you the opportunity to study a range of beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling you to develop your own attitude towards religious issues.

You will gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.  You will also develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, work with abstract ideas, develop leadership and research skills, all of which will help you in further study.

What you'll study

You will study two religions including the beliefs, teachings and practices of each, the chosen religions are:

  • Christianity
  • Islam

You will study the following four themes:

  • Theme A: Relationships and families.
  • Theme B: Religion and life.
  • Theme C: The existence of God and revelation.
  • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.
  • You will study two religions including the beliefs, teachings and practices of each, the chosen religions are:

    • Christianity
    • Islam
  • You will study the following four themes:

    • Theme A: Relationships and families.
    • Theme B: Religion and life.
    • Theme C: The existence of God and revelation.
    • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.

Assessment

AQA’s GCSE Religious Studies consists of two exam papers that are externally assessed.
Each Paper is a 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 marks (6 of which are on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), 50% of total GCSE.

Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks. Each religion is marked out of 48.

Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks. Each theme is marked out of 24.

Entry requirements

GCSE's
Grade 3 in at least 2 subjects (excluding Maths and English)
GCSE English Language and Maths
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade 3 (in both subjects as a minimum)

English and maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course. If you have achieved a Grade 4 but wish to improve your grade you will be able to as part of the GCSE Pathway programme.

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

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