Aims of GCSE Religious Studies: GCSE Religious Studies aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. It also provides students with the opportunity to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.
Students will study two units over the course, one in S1 and one in S2.
Unit 5: St Mark's Gospel - 50% of total marks.
This unit gives candidates an opportunity to study, from Mark's Gospel, key events in the life of Jesus and key themes to be found in that gospel, and to consider their significance for Jesus, his disciples and for modern Christianity. Students will study the origins, nature and purpose of Mark's Gospel, specified themes and the ways in which modern beliefs and practices have been drawn from the gospel account.
Assessment: External Examination- Written Paper 1 hour 30 mins. Students will answer questions form section A and B.Assessment: External Examination- Written Paper1 hour 30 mins. Students will answer questions form section A and B.
Unit 4: Roman Catholicism Ethics - 50% of total marks.
This unit will examine the effect of the Roman Catholic Tradition upon aspects of Christian Lifestyle and behaviour. Students will need to be aware of the distinctive effect of the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will be expected to make full use of their knowledge and understanding of biblical passages outlined in the specification.
Assessment: External Examination- Written Paper (1 hour 30 mins). -Students will answer questions form section A and B.
Coursework: There is no coursework requirement for this subject.
Extra Curricular/Competitions: Retreats, Liturgies, Visits to Benedictine Monastery and guest speakers.