GCSE Religious Studies

Pupils will have the following options in Religious Studies at Key Stage 4:

Either

N.I. GCSE Religious Studies

Pupils who choose this option will be allocated two periods per week in Year 11 and three periods per week in Year 12.

In the Revised Full GCSE Religious Studies Course students will study 2 units.
They will take two external written exams, one paper for each of their chosen units.
Each exam will last 1 hour 30 minutes.

There is no controlled assessment in the Revised Religious Studies course.

The two units studied will be:

  • Christianity through a Study of Matthew’s Gospel
  • Christian Ethics

Requirements:

  • Pupils who avail of this opportunity must be committed to increased levels of work both in school and at home.
  • Pupils will only be able to follow this course with the approval of their subject teacher. This decision will be based on:
  • the effort the pupil has shown in Religious Studies in Year 10
  • the grades he/she has achieved in Religious Studies in Year 10

Or

N.I. GCSE Religious Studies (Short Course)

Pupils who choose this option will be allocated two periods per week in Year 11 and three periods per week in Year 12.

In the Revised GCSE Religious Studies Short Course students will study one unit:

  • Christian Ethics

They will take one external written exam, which will last 1 hour 30 minutes. This exam will be taken at the end of Year 12.

Religious Studies at Key Stage 4 will include:

  • QuestionIn-class discussion and debate
  • Various active learning activities
  • Participation in Inter-Schools’ conferences
  • Learning through ICT and media

Skills offered in Religious Studies:

  • Ability to recall, select, organise and deploy knowledge of the specification content
  • Ability to describe, analyse and explain the relevance and application of religious ideas
  • Ability to evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues, using relevant evidence and argument

Related Subject Areas:

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • History
  • Relief agencies
  • Civil Service
  • Policing
  • Personnel work
  • Management Services