Religious Studies - Year 10

Year 10 students have 5 lessons per fortnight to study the linear Eduqas Religious Studies course. This course is 100% exam split into three components. Component 1 (2hour exam) is a religious, philosophical and ethical study in the modern world relating to four specific topics: Relationships; Issues of Life and Death; Good and Evil; and Human Rights. Component 2 (1hour exam) is an in-depth study of Christianity focussing on their beliefs, teachings and practices. Component 3 (1hour exam) is an in-depth study of Islam focussing on their beliefs, teachings and practices. In year 10 they will study for Component 2 and 3.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Christian beliefs, teachings and practices
This GCSE topic will cover key areas of Christian beliefs and teachings, specifically covering: The nature of God; creation; Jesus Christ; salvation; and the afterlife. They will build on their previous knowledge, gaining a fuller understanding of Christian practices. This will specifically cover: worship; sacraments; pilgrimage and celebrations; and Christianity in Britain.

Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and be able to successfully analyse Christian denominations and synthesise their opinions on how these beliefs, teachings and practices impact or relate to everyday life.  
ST1 and ST2: Students will be applying the skills acquired at KS3 and the knowledge from this unit in their mock exams. The exam questions will require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.

Paper 2 (1hour) 25%

An in-depth study of Christianity
Muslim beliefs, and teachings and practices  
This GCSE topic will cover key areas of Islamic beliefs and teachings specifically covering: The nature of Allah; Risalah (prophethood); Malaikah (angels); Akhirah (afterlife) and the foundations of faith. They will build on their previous knowledge, gaining a fuller understanding of Muslim practices. This will specifically cover: The Five Pillars; 10 Obligatory Acts of Shi'a Islam; Jihad and festivals.

Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of Islam and be able to successfully analyse Muslim denominations and synthesise their opinions on how these beliefs, teachings and practices impact or relate to everyday life.  
ST2: Students will be applying the skills acquired at KS3 and the knowledge from this unit in their mock exams. The exam questions will require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.

Paper 2 (1hour) 25%

An in-depth study of Islam  
Issues of Relationships
This GCSE topic will expect the students to apply their knowledge from KS3 and from the previous topics to themes surrounding relationships. This will include Christian and Muslim responses to different relationships that exist: cohabitation; marriage; divorce and re-marriage; the role of sex and same-sex relationships; and issues of equality, including the role of gender.  
The topic will not be formally assessed this academic year, however, it will be part of the ST1 exam in Year 11.

Students will complete formative assessments in class to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic and to continue exam practice.  

In addition, all students will follow the Academy's KS4 RS curriculum within their EFL lessons, through study of the following units (see Education for Life curriculum details for further information):

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