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 Post subject: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Hello, I want my child to do a GCSE in Islamic studies and I have been warned about the new syllabus of this course. Before I jump to conclusions can someone send me the broad syllabus of this course before I decide whether to enter my child on it or not.

In brief I have been advised that course has been written diluting some of the principles of Islam versus more integrationist views.

Like I said, if anyone can help with the facts then I can make an informed opinion.

Many thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Do you know which exam board is offering the course? You can look the specification up on their website if you do.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:42 pm 
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Found this but I don't know if this is the old or new?

http://www.ruqaiyyah.karoo.net/
(Link on the bottom left hand column saying 'GCSE Syllabi')

I must say, looking at that the standard seems very poor. Most of it looks pretty general. I have done GCSE Islam (not in the UK) and would have expected a lot more breadth and depth.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:05 pm 
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Edexcel RS Syllabus modules 4 and 11.

Doing both modules is a full RS GCSE. Both modules are the Islamic Studies modules.

Student books for each are available from Amazon - about £12 each.
I also ordered the £72 teacher's book for module 4 but it was pretty useless to be frank so I actually sent it back to Amazon for a refund.
I have bought Examining Religions - Islam by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood as a supplementary book.

It is all pretty straightforward. I did RE A level (Christianity/Islam) so have some understanding of the skills/exam answers that are needed.

Ds1's school have been supportive, saying they will book him for the exams (but only if he gets an A or A* :shock: !) and the RE teacher has said she will give me some materials too.

I wouldn't say the standard is poor. Certainly, a good standard of English and a mature level of thinking, is required.
I like the way it encourages students to look at Islam with a 'contemporary' eye and link its teachings to the modern world that we live in.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Thanks long journey, information is very very useful.

Not sure this is for us now.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE Islamic Studies
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:23 pm 
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Might be worth having a look at some of the options for the RS modules - seem to be a wide range now and can be useful looking at comparative religions.
Also the work on philosophy and ethics seems useful for other topics when some concentrated thinking needed.


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