KS4 | Religion & Life

Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator:

Mr J. Taylor



The AQA specification that we follow is newly approved and offers a range of topics. GCSE Religion and life is a compulsory course for all students at Edmonton County. GCSE Religious Studies A specification offers a range of options and a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore and discuss. Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study. At Edmonton we have chosen some familiar topics for learners and some new ones to stretch and challenge current beliefs.

The teachers currently teaching this subject are: Mr Taylor, Miss Fidan, Miss Saeed, Miss Bibi, Miss Muir-Walters, Miss Dominic, Mr Maloney and Mr Bucho.

Students will learn:

Students will be aware of different religious perspectives on the issues studied within and / or between religious and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism. Students will also study religious, philosophical and ethical arguments related to the issues raised, and their impact and influence on the modern world. Students will be expected to show their understanding of Islam and Christianity through the application of teachings from religion and beliefs. They will also be expected to make specific references to sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts.

Students will study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues

How it’s assessed

There are two written exams, both are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each paper is worth 96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and the papers are equally weighted and make up 50% of the GCSE.  There is no coursework for this course. Each topic has a common structure of five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Paper 1: Christianity beliefs and Christianity practices, Islam beliefs and Islam practices

Paper 2: Religion and life, crime and punishment, relationships and peace and conflict.

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