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GCSE Religious Studies

Which exam board?:

AQA. Subject code 8062

Why study Religious Studies?

1. You can deepen your understanding of society

Religion has been deep rooted within humankind for as long as historical written accounts can tell us. It has had a huge impact on all cultures across the globe, and by learning the depths of the subject, students can broaden their knowledge of how people work.

2. It is a really relevant subject

Some people may believe that Theology & Religious Studies is an outdated subject area, but it is pertinent and very important. Nearly every day there is something religion-related on the news, and the demand in certain fields for individuals who are sufficiently educated in this area is still prominent.

3. You can combine other disciplines

If you are worried that studying only one subject area is too narrow and tedious, with Theology & Religious Studies you can think again. Because it is partly a study of culture and how humans live, the area fuses together many different disciplines, such as Philosophy, Art, Literature, History, Psychology and Politics.

4. It encourages reflection and debate

In Theology & Religious Studies, students are required to take the time to really think deeply about topics within the subject area. There is a lot of room for scepticism and scientific questioning, so for those who like to philosophise over theories or ponder about the future, this could be a suitable degree for them.

5. You have the option to study abroad

This subject area encompasses global religion, and therefore many universities offer the opportunity to study abroad. This allows students to become immersed in a different culture, and assists with the understanding of their studies.

6. There are many job opportunities

Graduates of Theology & Religious Studies have plenty of career options. This includes teaching, law, social work, law and even medicine.

7. You'll gain transferrable skills

Theology & Religious Studies students will gain a plethora of useful skills during their degree that can be utilised in many different professions, should a career directly related to the subject not be suitable. These are skills such as critical thinking, research, interpretation, presentation and communication.

 

What subjects combine well with RS?:

There are no subjects that conflict with RS, and it can be said that all subjects would actually benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in studying RS.

 

What University courses can RS lead to?

If you’ve enjoyed learning and thinking about different ethical, philosophical and religious cultures, then Philosophy, Theology and Sociology would be perfect A Levels to follow with.

The disciplines of History, Literature, Languages, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and any of the Sciences, also have significant ties.

COMPONENT 1

Beliefs and practices of two from:

  • Buddhism*
  • Christianity*
  • Catholic Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism

*These are the options taught at the College.

HOW IT’S ASSESSED:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 mins
  • 96 marks, plus 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • 50% of GCSE

COMPONENT 2: THEMATIC STUDIES

Four of the following religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes will be studied:

  • Theme A: Relationships and families
  • Theme B: Religion and life
  • Theme C: The existence of God and revelation
  • Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
  • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment
  • Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice

HOW IT’S ASSESSED:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 mins
  • 96 marks, plus 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • 50% of GCSE

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