Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

Assessments

Changes

Component 1: Catholic Christianity

What's assessed

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • creation
  • incarnation
  • the Triune God
  • redemption
  • church
  • eschatology.

How it's assessed

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

Questions

  • In each exam series, questions will be set on any four of the topics listed above.
  • Students must answer all the questions.
  • Each topic is marked out of 24 marks.
  • There will be one five-part question per topic of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
  • The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation.

Component 2: Perspectives on faith

What's assessed

One religion chosen from either Islam or Judaism

and either
  • two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes chosen from:
  • Theme A: Religion, relationships and families
  • Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict
  • Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice.
or
  • two textual studies themes:
  • Theme D: St Mark’s Gospel – the life of Jesus
  • Theme E: St Mark’s Gospel as a source of spiritual truth.

How it's assessed

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

Questions

Section A: Islam or Judaism

Students must answer questions on one religion:
  • Islam
  • Judaism

There will be two five-part questions per religion.

Section B: Themes

Students must answer questions on two themes.

One question will be set on each theme. There will be five parts to each question.

In both Section A and B:
  • Each five-part question will be marked out of 24.
  • Each group of five questions will follow the same structure of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
  • The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation.

There are two routes through this specification depending on whether students do Textual studies.

In the non-Textual studies route, Component 2A requires students to answer questions on either Islam or Judaism, plus two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes (chosen from Themes A–C).

In the Textual studies route, Component 2B requires students to answer questions on either Islam or Judaism, plus both textual studies themes (Themes D–E).

Component 1 is common to both routes.