Religious Studies

Religious Education

Religious Studies form part of the timetable for both KS3 and KS4 at McKee.

Religious Studies provides pupils with the opportunities to ask questions about all aspects of faith, belief, ethics and religion.  It provides an excellent opportunity for young people to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness.

In Religious Studies pupils learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others’ rights and responsibilities.  Pupils will also develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

KS3

In Key Stage three pupils follow the Lancashire Locally Agreed Syllabus. At the heart of Lancashire’s syllabus is the quest to understand what it is to be human. By learning about and from religion we can become more open minded, respectful and achieve greater self-awareness. Pupils will study a range of religions and beliefs on topics such as:

KS4

In Key Stage Four pupils will sit the AQA 9-1 GCSE Religious Studies Specification A. This is made up of two different components and at the end of year 11 pupils will sit two exams.

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. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

 

 

Component 1: The study of religions: Beliefs and Practices Component 2: Thematic Studies
What’s assessed

Beliefs, teachings and practices of two religions:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
What’s assessed

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies:

  • Theme A: Relationships and families
  • Theme B: Religion and Life
  • Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
  • Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • 96 marks (plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of the GCSE
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of the GCSE
Questions

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.

Questions

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.

 

Further details can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062