Key Stage 4:  GCSE Religious Studies

Curriculum Intent

Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and their basis in Christian sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Students will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Christianity in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed will be included throughout.

Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam. They will be able to refer to scripture and other writings where appropriate. Students will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Islam in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed will be included throughout. Students will study a range of different Muslim perspectives in their answers, including those from Sunni and Shi’a Islam.

Curriculum Overview

The students will study the AQA Religious Studies A Course.

Paper 1

Christianity

  • Key beliefs and teachings
  • Religious Practices
  • Jesus Christ and salvation
  • Worship and festivals
  • The role of the church in the local and worldwide community

Islam

  • Key beliefs and teachings
  • Religious practices
  • Authority
  • Worship
  • Duties and festivals

Paper 2:

Students will study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, and their impact and influence in the modern world.

They will study four themes:

Theme A: Relationships and families

Theme B: Religion and life

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment

Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

Extra-curricular activities

Drop down days and external speakers are used to support the units.