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Religious Studies

Overview

Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to study Philosophical, Ethical and Theological issues across the two largest religions in the UK today: Christianity and Islam, as well as exploring Humanist and other non-religious perspectives. In Christianity we explore: key beliefs, the importance of marriage and family life, what living a Christian life practically looks like and what happens after death. In Islam we explore key beliefs, attitudes to crime and punishment, what living a Muslim Life practically looks like and attitudes to peace and conflict in the UK and around the world.

Religious Studies develops student knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs and how they are supported by religious teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, such as the Bible and Qur’an. Students are encouraged to construct academic well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the religions studied, as well as an ability to evaluate different arguments.

Religious Studies provides opportunities for students to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. GCSE RS enhances spiritual and moral development and contributes to health and wellbeing which will broaden personal, social and cultural understanding. It will develop interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world. They will also discuss, reflect on and develop values, opinions and attitudes on some of the big questions of life and develop their own personal opinion in light of what is learnt.

Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies B (1RB0)

The qualification consists of three Areas of Study from which students study two, which are then assessed through two externally set examination papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics (*Paper code: 1RB0/1A – 1G)

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 102 marks

Content overview:

Students must study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion (Christianity).

  • Beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Religious Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Assessment overview:

  • Students 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 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 (*Paper code: 1RB0/2A–2G)

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 102 marks

Content overview:

Students must study all four content sections based upon their chosen religion (Islam).

  • Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Religious Life
  • Peace and Conflict

Assessment overview:

  • Students 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 terminology and these will contribute a minimum of 5% of marks towards the overall weighting for this paper.

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