Hodder Education
Edexcel Religious Studies for GCSE (9-1): Catholic Christianity (Specification A)
Victor W. Watton
Edexcel Religious Studies for GCSE (9-1): Catholic Christianity (Specification A)
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Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: GCSE
Subject: Religious Studies
First Teaching: September 2016
First Exam: June 2018

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Trust Victor Watton to maximise every student's potential with his trademark mix of well-paced, focused content coverage and confidence-boosting exam support tailored to the 2016 Edexcel requirements.
- Progressively builds students' subject knowledge through accessible explanations of religious and thematic concepts, topics and terms
- Helps students learn, retain and revise the key content by following a clear and consistent structure that maps every topic against the specification
- Offers a complete solution to assessment preparation with practice questions and expert guidance on how students can improve their responses
- Enhances students' interest and understanding using a variety of engaging visual sources, textual extracts and activities to illustrate different practices, perspectives and teachings

Edexcel GCSE RS Spec A: Faith and Practice in the 21st Century
Content covered:
- Area of study 1: Study of religion - Catholic Christianity
- Area of study 2: Study of second religion -Islam and Judaism
- Area of study 3: Philosophy and ethics
- Covers the short course content for Catholic Christianity and Islam or Judaism

Title Page
Area of study 1: Study of Catholic Christianity
Section 1: Beliefs and teachings
Topic 1.1.1 The Trinity
Topic 1.1.2 Biblical understandings of God as a Trinity
Topic 1.1.3 Creation
Topic 1.1.4 The nature of humanity
Topic 1.1.5 The incarnation
Topic 1.1.6 The events of the Paschal mystery
Topic 1.1.7 The nature of salvation and grace
Topic 1.1.8 Eschatology
Section 2: Practices
Topic 1.2.1 The sacramental nature of reality
Topic 1.2.2 Catholic liturgical worship
Topic 1.2.3 The Catholic funeral rite
Topic 1.2.4 Prayer
Topic 1.2.5 Forms of popular piety
Topic 1.2.6 Pilgrimage
Topic 1.2.7 Catholic social teaching
Topic 1.2.8 Catholic mission and evangelisation
Section 3: Sources of wisdom and authority
Topic 1.3.1 The Bible
Topic 1.3.2 Interpretation of the Bible
Topic 1.3.3 Scripture, tradition and the magisterium
Topic 1.3.4 The Second Vatican Council
Topic 1.3.5 The Church as the Body of Christ and the People of God
Topic 1.3.6 The four marks of the Church
Topic 1.3.7 Mary as a model of the Church
Topic 1.3.8 Sources of personal and ethical decision-making
Section 4: Forms of expression and ways of life
Topic 1.4.1 The architecture, design and decoration of Catholic churches
Topic 1.4.2 The different internal features of a Catholic church
Topic 1.4.3 The meaning and significance of sacred objects within Catholicism
Topic 1.4.4 The meaning and significance of paintings, frescos and drawings within Catholicism
Topic 1.4.5 The meaning and significance of sculptures and statues
Topic 1.4.6 The purpose and use of symbolism and imagery in religious art
Topic 1.4.7 The meaning and significance of drama: mystery plays and passion plays
Topic 1.4.8 The nature and use of traditional and contemporary styles of music in worship
Area of study 2: Study of second religion, either Islam or Judaism
Section 1a: Beliefs and teachings
Area of study 2: Introduction (Islam)
Topic 2.1a.1 The six beliefs of Islam
Topic 2.1a.2 The five roots in Shi’a Islam
Topic 2.1a.3 The nature of Allah
Topic 2.1a.4 Risalah (prophets)
Topic 2.1a.5 Muslim holy books
Topic 2.1a.6 Malaikah (angels)
Topic 2.1a.7 Al-Qadr (fate)
Topic 2.1a.8 Akirah (Muslim beliefs about life after death)
Section 2a: Practices
Topic 2.2a.1 The Ten Obligatory Acts
Topic 2.2a.2 Shahadah
Topic 2.2a.3 Salah
Topic 2.2a.4 Sawm
Topic 2.2a.5 Zakah and khums
Topic 2.2a.6 Hajj
Topic 2.2a.7 Jihad
Topic 2.2a.8 The celebration/commemoration of Id-ul-Adha
Section 1b: Beliefs and teachings
Area of study 2: Introduction (Judaism)
Topic 2.1b.1 The nature of the Almighty
Topic 2.1b.2 Shekhinah
Topic 2.1b.3 Messiah
Topic 2.1b.4 The covenant at Sinai
Topic 2.1b.5 The covenant with Abraham
Topic 2.1b.6 Sanctity of life
Topic 2.1b.7 Moral principles and the mitzvot
Topic 2.1b.8 Jewish beliefs about life after death
Section 2b: Practices
Topic 2.2b.1 Public acts of worship
Topic 2.2b.2 The Tenakh and Talmud
Topic 2.2b.3 Prayer
Topic 2.2b.4 Shema and amidah
Topic 2.2b.5 Rituals and ceremonies
Topic 2.2b.6 Shabbat
Topic 2.2b.7 Festivals
Topic 2.2b.8 Features of the synagogue
Area of study 3: Philosophy and ethics based on Catholic Christianity
Section 1: Arguments for the existence of God
Topic 3.1.1 Revelation as proof of the existence of God
Topic 3.1.2 Visions
Topic 3.1.3 Miracles as proof of the existence of God
Topic 3.1.4 Catholic attitudes to religious experience
Topic 3.1.5 The design argument
Topic 3.1.6 The cosmological argument
Topic 3.1.7 The problem of evil and suffering
Topic 3.1.8 Solutions to the problem of evil and suffering
Section 2: Religious teachings on relationships and families in the twenty-first century
Topic 3.2.1 Marriage
Topic 3.2.2 Sexual relationships
Topic 3.2.3 Families
Topic 3.2.4 Support for the family in the local parish
Topic 3.2.5 Contraception
Topic 3.2.6 Divorce and remarriage
Topic 3.2.7 Equality of men and women in the family
Topic 3.2.8 Gender prejudice and discrimination
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