Key Stage 4

All students follow the AQA Religious Studies B qualification and are entered for a full GCSE in Religious Education.

In this course, there are two units:

Religion and Life Issues.

This unit is designed to enable Religious Studies to link closely with other subjects, particularly Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education, and to contribute actively to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and the Every Child Matters agenda.

This unit is intended to encourage candidates to reflect upon religion and life including animal life and environmental issues, prejudice, the right to life, war and peace, religion and young people. In the examination candidates will be expected to illustrate their answers by reference to actual examples in relation to the issues raised, and to make appropriate references to religious stories, teachings and practices that they have studied.

Within the areas of study outlined in Topics 1 to 6, candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

• relevant teachings from both sacred texts and contemporary religious leaders and organisations;

• the work of voluntary groups and organisations (religious and non-religious), where they make a significant contribution;

• the diversity of viewpoints which may exist within religions;

• significant secular responses and the legal position;

• the relationship between religious beliefs and teachings and action in the lives of believers.

Assessment

Candidates will be required to answer four questions in the examination, based on four of the six topics available.

Topics pupils study will be:

·       Religion and the Environment

·       Religion and Animal Rights

·       Religion, Early Life and Abortion

·       Religion and Young People

Religion and Moral Issues

This unit is designed to enable Religious Studies to link closely with other subjects, particularly Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education, and to contribute actively to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and the Every Child Matters agenda.

The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to address fundamental questions about the basis for religious beliefs and behaviour and to investigate ways in which religious beliefs and values are relevant to specified moral issues and behaviour.

Within the areas of study outlined in Topics 1 to 6, candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

• relevant teachings from both sacred texts and contemporary religious leaders and organisations;

• the work of voluntary groups and organisations (religious and non-religious), where they make a

significant contribution;

• the diversity of viewpoints which may exist within religions;

• significant secular responses and the legal position;

• the relationship between religious beliefs and teachings and action in the lives of believers.

Assessment

Candidates will be required to answer four questions in the examination, based on four of the six topics available.

Topics pupils study will be:

·       Religion and Medical Ethics

·       Religion and Drug Abuse

·       Religion and Poverty in the UK

·       Religion and 3rd World Poverty

The examinations are sat in June of Year 11 and pupils will sit two exams, each lasting one and a half hours.