Specification at a glance
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
Students must take assessments in the following two components in the same series:
|Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices|
Beliefs, teachings and practices of two from:
Christianity and Catholic Christianity is a prohibited combination.
How it's assessed
Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
Each religion is marked out of 48.
|Component 2: Thematic studies|
Either four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes or two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes and two textual studies themes.
Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes:
Textual studies themes:
How it's assessed
Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
Each theme is marked out of 24.
There are two routes through this specification. Students should enter the qualification either including or excluding Textual studies.
In the Textual studies route, students must answer questions on either Christianity or Catholic Christianity, plus one religion from the other five specified religions in Component 1B and two from six religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes, plus both textual studies themes in Component 2B.
In the non-Textual studies route, students must answer questions on two specified religions in Component 1A (Christianity and Catholic Christianity are prohibited combinations) and four from six religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes in Component 2A.
Themes A–F are examined in Component 2A, Themes A–H are examined in Component 2B.