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GCSE Religious Studies

For first teaching from September 2017
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Our GCSE Religious Studies specification encourages students to develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to studying religion. Students explore and engage with important questions about belief and respond to them personally. This can enhance their spiritual, moral and cultural development, helping them to contribute to social cohesion.

There are nine externally assessed units to choose from, giving students the opportunity to explore different aspects of religion. These cover a wide variety of topics, including the role of the church in contemporary society, developments in bioethics and arguments for the existence of God. Students also develop key transferable skills, such as considering different viewpoints and expressing their opinions to influence others.

The qualification is available as a Full Course and a Short Course. Full Course students complete two units and Short Course students complete one unit. For possible unit combinations, see the full specification.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Religious Studies is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has nine units:

  • Unit 1: The Christian Church through a Study of the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church
  • Unit 2: The Christian Church with a Focus on EITHER the Catholic Church OR the Protestant Church
  • Unit 3: The Revelation of God and the Christian Church
  • Unit 4: Christianity through a Study of the Gospel of Matthew
  • Unit 5: Christianity through a Study of the Gospel of Mark
  • Unit 6: An Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Unit 7: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Unit 8: Islam
  • Unit 9: Judaism.

(PDF), Last Updated: 19 December 2018

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 December 2018
Specification (Irish-Medium)

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Examination Papers Summer 2018 (S/IF/20/18)
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Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
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