This unit will provide students with the opportunity to:
- develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning;
- express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.
Questions will be focussed on concepts and framed in an open-ended way that will allow candidates to answer with reference to the religion(s) they have studied. The Specification allows for the study solely of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism, or for a combination of any of these specified religions.
This unit is designed to enable Religious Studies to link closely with other subjects, particularly Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education, and to contribute actively to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and the Every Child Matters agenda.
The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to address fundamental questions about the basis for religious beliefs and behaviour and to investigate ways in which religious beliefs and values are relevant to specified moral issues and behaviour.
Within the areas of study outlined in Topics 1 to 6, candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- relevant teachings from both sacred texts and contemporary religious leaders and organisations;
- the work of voluntary groups and organisations (religious and non-religious), where they make a significant contribution;
- the diversity of viewpoints which may exist within religions;
- significant secular responses and the legal position;
- the relationship between religious beliefs and teachings and action in the lives of believers.
Candidates will be required to answer four questions in the examination, based on four of the six topics available.