Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies A (2016)

Bringing to life the foundations of faith and practice

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE Religious Studies A from 2016, including the accredited specifications and sample assessment materials.

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Allows students to undertake an in-depth study of Catholic Christianity, Christianity or Islam, and encourages a critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. This specification allows for a greater emphasis to be placed on the study of one religion and brings to life the foundations of faith and practice.

We enable co-teachability of our full and short course for specification A, so you can select the most appropriate route for each student. 

Offers flexibility in religions and topics to ensure it is relevant and engaging to your students, including the option to choose Philosophy and Ethics or a Textual Study of Mark’s Gospel or the Qur’an. 

Our straightforward assessments are designed to be accessible to all students with a clear structure and easy to follow command words. In addition, our exam papers are split by religion, helping students to focus when it comes to revising.

We’ll provide a programme of teaching and learning support to help you plan and deliver your chosen course and understand fully the new content and assessment requirements.

Specification

Specification

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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Religious Studies A
Specification codes:
1RA0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Religious Studies spec A (Short course) (2016)
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Religious Studies A (Short course)
Specification codes:
3RA0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018
What's changing

GCSE Religious Studies 2016: What's changing

These changes apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

  • Schools now need to study two religions; previously schools could follow a single faith route.
  • The subject criteria now contain more content and details of Areas of Study for each religion.
  • Specific philosophical, ethical and religious themes have been introduced.
  • The subject criteria have been split into two parts (A and B) to allow specifications to be designed with two different approaches.

Our approach

We’ve worked with the teaching community, higher education, learned societies and subject associations to design our new GCSE Religious Studies A specifications for 2016. Our ambition has been to develop Religious Studies qualifications that you will know and recognise, and to allow you to teach topics and religions you know that your students will enjoy.

We have commissioned and conducted our own research, including international benchmarking and trialling. This research has helped us to build on the strengths of our current specification and to identify the skills that students need to progress to further study in Religious Studies.

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Teaching support

We’re currently developing the following support materials: The following are available now:

The following will be available soon:

  • Exemplars 
  • Specimen papers

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