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

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 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 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 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 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. Students should enter either Route A or Route B. Component 1 is common to both routes.

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