Religious Studies at Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 pupils choose from one of the following options:

1. Northern Ireland GCSE Religious Studies

Students are allocated 5 x 55 minute periods every two weeks. The two units studied are:

• Christianity through a Study of Matthew’s Gospel
• Christian Ethics

There is an external exam for each unit, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Unit one is examined in Year 11 and unit two in Year 12. There is no controlled assessment for this course; each exam is worth 50%. 

2. School Based Religious Studies 

Students are allocated 1 x 55 minute period every two weeks. The unit studied is: 

• Christian Ethics

Students are introduced to ethics within the study of religion. They will explore personal and family issues, matters of life and death, care for the environment, equality, and war and peace. This choice will not be externally examined.

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