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Key Stage 4

RE in Year 9, 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students at Altrincham College may choose to further their study by choosing ‘GCSE Religious Studies’ as one of their option choices. Students who opt to study GCSE Religious Studies will follow the Edexcel (9-1) Religious Studies B: Beliefs in Action specification.

Unit 1 Religion and Ethics in Christianity, covers four topics of study:

Christian Beliefs        This topic covers Christian beliefs about creation, the Trinity, the last days of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus and evil and suffering.

Marriage and the Family        This topic covers Christian and non-religious beliefs about marriage, divorce, sexual relationships, family life, homosexuality and family planning.

Living the Christian life       This topic covers Christian worship, pilgrimage, sacraments and evangelical work.

Matters of Life and Death       This topic covers the controversial issues of abortion and euthanasia, and both religious and non-religious attitudes towards these topics.


Area of Study 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict in Islam also covers four topics of study:

Muslim Beliefs   This topic covers Muslim belief in the oneness of God, angels, prophets, holy books, life after death and pre-destination.

 Crime and Punishment    This topic covers law, justice, forgiveness and punishment within our society including capital punishment. Both Muslim and non-religious views are explored.

Living the Muslim life   This topic covers the 10 Obligatory Acts and the 5 Pillars of Islam.

Peace and Conflict     This topic explores why peace is important to Muslims, how Muslims work for peace, the just war theory and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Both Muslim and non-religious views are studied.

At the end of year 11 students sit 2 examinations, one on each of the 2 areas of study.

Paper 1: Religion and Ethics in Christianity, 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of the GCSE grade)

Paper 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict in Islam, 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of the GCSE grade)