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Mandated similarities

Alongside these differences, there are a number of things which need to be exactly the same. According to the Department for Education and Ofqual, all GCSE Religious Studies specifications must include assessment comprised of 50% AO1 and 50% AO2. They should also meet the requirement for students to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two religions
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies
  • understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs
  • apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
  • construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values set out in the subject content
  • demonstrate knowledge that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian and that religious traditions in Great Britain are diverse and include the following religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as other religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism. Throughout all of the programmes of study, specifications should include the study of common and divergent views within traditions in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed.

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Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world

Written exam

Written exam

1 hour 45 minutes

2 hours

96 marks, plus 6 marks for SPaG (50% of GCSE)

120 marks plus 6 for SPaG (50% of GCSE)

Paper 2

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Thematic studies

Study of Christianity

Written exam

Written exam

1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour

96 marks, plus 3 marks for SPaG (50% of GCSE)

60 marks plus 6 for SPaG (25% of GCSE)

Paper 3

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Study of a world faith

 

Written exam

 

1 hour

 

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

Subject content

Paper 1

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Students should study any two of the following:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Catholic Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism.

Students will study four themes:

  • issues of relationships
  • issues of life and death
  • issues of good and evil
  • issues of human rights.

Paper 2

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Students may study either four religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes or two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes and two textual studies themes.

Students must know and understand the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, but also diverse and include the following religious and non-religious traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Humanism and Atheism.

Paper 3

AQA GCSE Religious Studies

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies

Students will be assessed on one of the following options:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism.

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