Religious Studies - Year 11

Year 11 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 11 they will complete directed study for component 1 and then focus on cementing their knowledge from year 10 and year 11 and applying that to exam practice.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Issues of Life and Death
This GCSE topic will expect the students to apply their knowledge from KS3 and from year 10 to themes surrounding Issues of Life and Death. This will include Christian and Muslim responses to the world: Creation stories and Stewardship; Human Life and Sanctity of life; and Death and the Afterlife.

Students will be able to apply their religious knowledge to analyse, synthesise or evaluate religious responses to issues of relationships. They will also be able demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of key words using religious literacy to support their written responses.  
ST1 Component 1 units 1.2 and 3 (1hr 30) Philosophical and Ethical approaches

ST2 Component 1 (2hours) Philosophical and Ethical approaches

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.

The exam questions will require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.
Issues of Good and Evil

 
This GCSE topic will expect the students to apply their knowledge from KS3 and from year 10 to themes surrounding Good and Evil. This will include Christian and Muslim responses to: Crime and Punishment; Forgiveness and Good; Evil and Suffering.

Students will be able to apply their religious knowledge to analyse, synthesise or evaluate religious responses to issues of relationships. They will also be able demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of key words using religious literacy to support their written responses.  
ST1 Component 1 units 1.2 and 3 (1hr 30) Philosophical and Ethical approaches

ST2 Component 1 (2hours) Philosophical and Ethical approaches

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.

The exam questions will require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.  
Issues of Human Rights
This GCSE topic will expect the students to apply their knowledge from KS3 and from year 10 to themes surrounding Human Rights. This will include Christian and Muslim responses to: Human Rights and Social Justice; Prejudice and Discrimination; and Issues of Wealth and Poverty.

Students will be able to apply their religious knowledge to analyse, synthesise or evaluate religious responses to issues of relationships. They will also be able demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of key words using religious literacy to support their written responses.  
ST2 Component 1 (2hours)
Philosophical and Ethical approaches

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.

The exam questions require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.  
Revision
Students will cement their learning from Year 10 and Year 11 by revisiting the Christian Beliefs, teachings and practices topics, the Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices topics, and the philosophy and ethics topics.

Using the Year 10 data and Year 11 ST1 results, students will complete a survey showing which topics they are confident in or not. An analysis of this highlights which topics they need to cover in more detail. This information will be used to inform each 'revision' lesson.

These revision lessons will follow a specific set structure, where there will be an explicit focus on refining skills of comparison and evaluation of religious beliefs and successfully applying opinions to exam questions.

Students will enhance their skills by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including: belief, practices and sources of authority; influence on individuals, communities and societies; similarities and differences within and/or between religions and belief.

Furthermore, this will give students the opportunity to strengthen their ability to apply religious beliefs, teachings and practices to exam style questions. This will reinforce students' explanation, comparison and evaluation skills which are essential for success in their GCSE exams.  
ST2 Paper 1 (2hours) 50% Philosophical and Ethical approaches

ST2 Paper 2 (1 hour) 25% An in-depth Study of Christianity

ST2 Paper 3 (1 hour) 25% An in-depth study of Islam

The exam questions will require students to either state, describe, explain or evaluate specific religious teachings related to beliefs and practices.  

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):

Is Britain a secular country?



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