THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 4 (AQA)

Course Overview

The Religious Studies course is a combination of a systematic study of themes and issues in two world religions: Christianity and Islam.

We will study the main teachings and beliefs alongside contemporary issues.

During the course on Christianity we will cover topics such as:-

Sex, marriage and divorce, violence, terrorism and war, crime, punishment and the death penalty, abortion, euthanasia and the after life.

During the course on Islam we will cover topics such as:-

Key beliefs and sources of authority that underpin the Muslim way of life and influence their behaviour and attitudes; the Five Pillars of Faith and jihad; the mosque, festivals, diet and dress; arranged marriages, polygamy and the role and status of Muslim women.

Assessment Criteria

Christianity and ISLAM 1 hour 45 minutes exam - contributing 50% towards your GCSE
THEMES 1 hour 45 minutes exam - contributing 50% towards your GCSE

Each topic will feature on the exam paper for each unit, so there will be plenty of choice to cater for students' particular interests and a grade will be awarded based on performance in a combination of both exams. There will be short answer questions, long answer questions and stimulus material.

Where next?

GCSE Religious Studies could lead onto further study at both A-Level and beyond. Throughout the course you will learn to think for yourself and offer reasonable, balanced arguments which can be used in a variety of Post-16 qualifications, especially in Humanities and the Social Sciences. Those that have studied Religious Studies have gone onto careers in a wide variety of disciplines including the police, social services, teaching, media and journalism.