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GCSE Religious Studies. Why choose AQA?. Commitment to high quality exams, fair results Exams set and marked by qualified, experienced teachers and lecturers Highly flexible specification with a wide range of exciting choices between and within units

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gcse religious studies
GCSE Religious Studies

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why choose aqa
Why choose AQA?
  • Commitment to high quality exams, fair results
  • Exams set and marked by qualified, experienced teachers and lecturers
  • Highly flexible specification with a wide range of exciting choices between and within units
  • Consistently accessible questions with transparent demands
  • Flexible, open, positive marking
  • Rigour and a reputation for accuracy
  • Accountability: detailed Mark Schemes and Examiners’ Reports published
  • Extensive support including, at a personal level, by phone/e-mail

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why choose aqa religious studies
Why choose AQA Religious Studies?
  • Greater flexibility
  • Greater choice
  • Accessible
  • Less stressful

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the bottom line how our results compare
The bottom line – how our results compare

It was apparent, talking to centres, that the perception was widely held that AQA’s level of award in Religious Studies was considered to be severe. The information provided above demonstrates the accessibility of our assessment materials, allowing candidates to demonstrate their abilities to the full.

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The bottom line – how our results compare

It was apparent, talking to centres, that the perception was widely held that AQA’s level of award in Religious Studies was considered to be severe. The information provided above demonstrates the accessibility of our assessment materials, allowing candidates to demonstrate their abilities to the full.

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support offered
Support offered
  • Resources lists
  • Explanation of terms
  • Schemes of work
  • Specimen questions and Mark Schemes
  • Examples of candidates’ answers to exam questions with commentaries produced by the Principal Examiner
  • CD / website support
  • Examiners’ Reports
  • Unit-specific support meetings
  • Unit-specific textbooks or other resources (Nelson Thornes)

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GCSE Religious Studies Specification AReligious Beliefs and Lifestyles

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overview of specification a
Overview of Specification A

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possible 100 routes through specification a
Possible 100% routes through Specification A
  • 100% Christianity
  • 100% Roman Catholicism
  • 100% Judaism
  • 100% Islam
  • 100% Ethics

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possible eclectic mix routes through specification a
Possible ‘eclectic mix’ routes through Specification A
  • Christian Denominations
  • (eg Christianity & Roman Catholicism: Ethics)
  • World Religions
  • (eg Buddhism and Sikhism)
  • Ethics +
  • (eg Christianity: Ethics & Islam: Ethics)
  • Philosophy of Religion +
  • (eg Philosophy of Religion & St Luke’s Gospel)
  • Scripture +
  • (eg St Mark’s Gospel & Hinduism)

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prohibited combinations
Prohibited combinations
  • Unit 1 Christianity and
  • Unit 3 Roman Catholicism
  • Unit 2 Christianity: Ethicsand
  • Unit 4 Roman Catholicism: Ethics
  • Unit 5 St Mark’s Gospel and
  • Unit 6 St Luke’s Gospel

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structure of question paper
Structure of question paper
  • Length of examination 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Candidates answer five questions from six on the paper (four compulsory in Part A and a choice of one from two in Part B)
  • Part A compulsory, four questions worth 48 marks in total – 24 marks AO1, 24 marks AO2
  • Part B, two questions, each worth 24 marks. Candidates answer one question – 12 marks allocated to AO1 and 12 marks to AO2
  • Each paper is worth a total of 72 marks

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exciting question papers for candidates
Exciting question papers for candidates

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Exciting question papers for candidates

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GCSE Religious Studies Specification BEthics, Philosophy and Religion in Society

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overview of specification b
Overview of Specification B

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possible routes through specification b
Possible routes through Specification B
  • Unit 6 provides for a balanced study of two of the six major world religions
  • All other units provide for the study of one, two or more religions with varying balance

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Prohibited combinations
  • No prohibited combinations – free choice of any two of the six units for a Full Course qualification

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structure of question papers
Structure of question papers
  • Length of examination 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Candidates answer four questions from six on the paper
  • Each question is worth 18 marks – nine marks allocated to AO1 and 9 to AO2
  • Each question paper is worth a total of 72 marks

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Exciting question papers for candidates

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Exciting question papers for candidates

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But don’t just take our word for it…

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feedback so far
Feedback so far…
  • “I want to pass on my congratulations for the exciting and challenging content of the proposed courses. They look brilliant! I know the content will be attractive to students and will prove to be very popular with them. I can't wait to start teaching these new GCSE courses.
  • Thank you so much for carrying out extensive consultations with teachers prior to drawing up the specifications.The proposed Religious Studies GCSE is flexible in terms of organisation and is innovative and relevant in content. This will help ensure that Religious Studies continues to grow in popularity as an examination subject.”
  • Caroline Waiting, Teacher in charge of Religious Studies at Teddington School

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Feedback so far…
  • “We are very excited about the new syllabus, it looks great and I would like to teach it all!”
  • Paula Wright, Head of Religious Education, Reigate School

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Feedback so far…
  • “The Ecclesbourne School welcomes the new draft specifications on Religious Studies from AQA. We have long been admirers of the Religious Studies specifications AQA has produced for GCSE students over the years and what you get with AQA time and time again is a broad, balanced approach to Religious Studies which thoroughly reflects different religious traditions and, above all, gives all students of varying abilities the opportunity to study an area which will have significance for and in their lives for the future.
  • To have such choice, on both specifications offered, can only bring joy to Religious Studies teachers in the UK as there is literally 'something for everyone'. We find AQA to be fair, honest and full of integrity with regard to Religious Studies at GCSE level from the construction of exam papers to the Grade Awarding process and will once again be choosing one of their courses to follow with our students when the new GCSE becomes approved.”
  • Kevin James, Ecclesbourne School

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Feedback so far…
  • “A lot of hard work has obviously gone into maintaining the breadth of options available in Religious Studies at GCSE as well as developing areas of real concern at the cutting edge of the subject.”
  • Paul Hedworth, Bromsgrove School

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Feedback so far…
  • “Love the look of the new AQA spec B. Six short course modules with the option of any two making a full GCSE. Really interesting content. I want to do more than two. They look great.”
  • Source: TES Community Staffroom 9 Apr 2008

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