GCSE RESPECT Short Course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the religious beliefs and teachings of Buddhism and Christianity. Students will also complete a thematic paper, answering questions on Religion, Peace and Conflict and Relationships and Families.

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Course Overview

The course is designed to improve students’ understanding of religious beliefs and teachings, as well build an understanding of the role of religion within contemporary society. Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that prepare them for further study.


Section A – The study of religions:

  • Christianity
  • Buddhism

Students answer questions on two religions. The questions within each religion have a common structure made up of five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Section B – Thematic studies:

  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict

Students answer questions on both themes. The questions within each theme have a common structure made up of five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks. All questions are marked out of 24.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. A raw mark out of 101 (96 marks plus 5 marks for spelling, grammar and specialist terminology) is then converted into a percentage. A grade of 0-9 will be awarded.

Home Learning Policy

In lesson we are delivering the GCSE content. Our homework is an opportunity to allow students to reflect on what they have done in lessons and often apply it to exam questions. Students should receive frequent homeworks that allow students to practice their exam technique. This may not always take them a long time, but they should regularly be completing past questions. Students are also able to test themselves by using the past papers on the AQA website.

Year Plan

20 May 2019
Exam for GCSE Religious Studies (Short course) (2250266)

Series: June 2019
Start time: am
Duration: 1h 45m


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