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

Exploring different religions and beliefs 

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

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Allows students to study two religions, integrated with the key philosophical and ethical issues facing the local, national and international community. This specification allows beliefs, teachings and practices of two religions to be brought to life as well as exploring different viewpoints within religions.

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

You will enjoy plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing the religions and topics to teach. With the option to study two religions from a choice of seven, you can introduce exciting and provocative debates relevant to the real world to engage your students.

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

Religious Studies B (2016) specification
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Religious Studies B
Specification codes:
1RB0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Religious Studies B (2016) short course
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Qualification type:
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level:
Level 1/2
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Religious Studies B (Short course)
Specification codes:
3RB0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018
What's changing

GCSE Religious Studies 2016: What's changing

These changes will 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 B 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 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: These are available now:

This will be available soon:

  • Exemplars 

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