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Which is the most accessible GCSE RS course???

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by pete14, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. pete14

    pete14 New commenter

    As usual I agree with Leviosa about it being a matter of preference. I suggest that if you are thinking of leaving OCR (as a non OCR person I am following the threads with interest!), you should consider all alternatives and pick the one that best fits your teaching style and the kids that you teach.
    My suggestion would be AQA as their papers are accessible and markschemes easier to understand than in the dim and distant past. They also have about 20 different units over spec A and B so you should find something suitable. Don't know about Edexel and WJEC but I know there are lots of people on here who are perfectly happy with them.
  2. SteveWoodhouse

    SteveWoodhouse Occasional commenter

    Victor is a legend.
    Steve W
  3. matryoshkadoll

    matryoshkadoll Occasional commenter

    I am teaching OCR now but have had experience with both Edexcel and AQA. Personally I agree with Steve - Edexcel is much more accessible.
  4. Have to agree with an earlier poster about WJEC (I teach Spec B). In previous schools have taught AQA and Edexcel and love the WJEC course.
    I have taught the WJEC course for 7 years now and wouldn't use anything else. The exam board themselves are very approachable (thanks Tudor); INSET courses are excellent and you walk away with lots of free resources.
    We teach it across the board and find that all students can access it - from the most intelligent ones in the year group who are rewarded with A*s to the weakest ones who struggle to pass any GCSE at all (our SLT being less than forward thinking, voc courses have only just been introduced this year, with all students in previous years having to do a full range of GCSEs) and RS was often their best grade (along with Art for some reason!) It's taught by both specialists and a variety of non-specailists and I have built up a consistent team of non-specialists who are producing excellent results from their classes!
  5. I teach the AQA course and find it very accessible
  6. deut

    deut New commenter

    AQA Spec B Religion and Life + Religion and Morality. All students do the full GCSE. It is accessible and very popular with students. Non specialists enjoy teaching it. parents are always impressed by the range of topics on offer. Science and RS have the opportunity to work together on Medical ethics etc

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