Key Stage 4 - Religious Studies (Short Course)
Exam board: AQA Religious Studies 8061
Aims of the Course
The Short Course GCSE in Religious Studies offered at KSHSSA is in line with the AQA qualification.
The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:
- develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs
- develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
- construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
- engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
- reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.
Course content / structure
Students are allocated 1 hour per week of timetable time in years 10 and 11 for their religious Studies.
The course content is divided into two components:
Section A: The study of religions: beliefs and teachings of two religions:
Section B: Thematic studies: religious, philosophical and ethical studies:
• Theme A - Relationships and families: Sex, marriage and divorce, Families and gender equality
• Theme B - Religion, peace and conflict: Religion, violence, terrorism and war, Religion and belief in 21st century conflict
- Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
- 96 marks (5 marks for spelling, grammar and specialist terminology)
- 100% of GCSE Short Course
- The questions within each religion have a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 marks, plus one 12 mark question.
- Each religion is marked out of 24 marks.
- 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 marks.